Pearl to save a little time i have cut for you a piece of the Earliest Ray fine work composed by a very noteable Ray Benge Teater researcher Robert Evans.- From the earliest Ray. In Jan 1816, Zachariah served as one of three appraisers for the estate of Elijah Evans. One of the others was William McQueery. The executors were Pleasant Alverson and [Paris Teator.] Elijah lived on a farm at the north end of Poor Ridge. He appeared in Surry/Stokes County shortly after Zachariah and was one of the sixty families that came to Kentucky in 1793. I suspect Elijah’s wife Rebekah was a Ray, but have no absolute proof. Frequent marriage between the Ray, Evans, Teator, Alligree, and McQueery families suggests that they were part of some kind of identifiable social or cultural group. Evidence suggest that they were all of mixed Native American, dark skinned European, and white European blood. Some of those, including some relatives of this group, were given the name of Melungeon. However I would not go so far as saying the Garrard County group were Melungeon, since the Melungeon’s apparently had their own language, consisting of a mixture of Native American, English, and Portuguese vocabularies. Neither is there any evidence of African blood in the Garrard group. Mainstream Mulungeon’s apparently accepted freed blacks into their society and intermarried with them.
I agree95% with Mr Evans. except in the case of the inlaws the Collins Bowlins Gibsons Goins families. I have foundmost of them to be from the Saponi indian tribe later coined in Hancock TN and Lee Virginia around 1805 at the stoney creek church as Malunjuns ][now spelled Melungeon. I also find no evidence of African Portuguese blood Turk in these people until after they settled in Black Water Swamp and Newmans ridge after 1810. Other brothers and sisters the ones who were revolution patriots settled in Madison Jessmaine Floyd Clay cos kentucky and Cumberland with small pockets thruout Kentucky. LM Jarvis who lived 50 years with the Melungeons had this to say. They were freindly [indians] who migrated along with the settlers to Tenn. Not all the Teaters can be special or unique as the Native American lines or the Mysteriuos Melungeons it mainly applies to those of the Smith Benge Gibson Collins Goins Mcquerry Allegrees Burtons Lands Bowlins Goans Hohimers Evans Halls. Santees RaysClarks famles intermarried with the Teaters and possible Pearis Parris ect. I will send some photos for your examination. Jan