EPPS - NC/VA/KY/TN/WV
Some EPPS families living in the areas of NC/VA/KY/TN/WV in the last 200 years *may* belong to a very interesting group of people called MELUNGEONS (muh-LUNGE-uhns - rhymes w/dungeons.) This can apply even if you have traced the family overseas.
Some HEALTH problems *may* be involved in this ancestry. My website noted below has some general information on the MELUNGEONS themselves, and more detailed information on the possible health issues. Please take a look if your EPPS family came from or passed through these areas, or has an Indian grandparent 'myth' which you have been unable to prove, a ship-wrecked or adoption story, mentions of 'Portyghee,' Black Dutch/Scot/Irish etc ancestry or is simply one of those 'brick-wall' families. There are physical characteristics which may help identify descendants.
THE MELUNGEON HEALTH EDUCATION AND SUPPORT NETWORK: http://www.melungeonhealth.orghttp://www.melungeonhealth.org
Sparks Genealogy: http://SparksGenealogy.nethttp://SparksGenealogy.net