At one time or another Alleghany County Virginia was home to various Native American tribes. Evidence for this can be found in the numerous camp and burial sites that have been found in the region. The three best known are the Shawnee, the Cherokee, and the Monacan. Ruth Persinger had nonwhite blood but what that was is not clear. In the journal Mary Margaret Persinger writes that she was mixed like her. The question is did she mean that she had white, black and Native American blood like Mary Margaret did or was she saying simply that Aunt Ruthy as she called herhad nonwhite blood as did she. Her mother was listed as a free woman but all nonwhite women and men had to be declared as free or slave so that tells us little. I do think that it is more likely that she had Native American and white blood but she may also have had African blood as well. Her Native American blood could have come from any of the three tribes but which it was may never be known as if her mother was not a full blood it makes determining which tribe it was even more difficult. Unfortunately there is not a third journal. The fact that the first two still exist is testament to the dedication of her descendents. It is also a testament to the will of Mary Margaret Persingerto record for her children and grandchildren the history of their family. There are researchers out there trying to trace every person mentioned in the journals. It is a formidable task as she mentions people from Alleghany County Virginia to Cherokee North Carolina and covers more than a hundred years of family history. Some people she mentions only by a last or first name so determining who the person was can be more difficult. She knew who she was talking about as did her sister and I am certain that she never dreamed that almost a hundred years after her death others would be reading her work trying to determine who she was writing about. She wrote like she and others from her region talked so the writing is simple and straight forward. Differences in the language of that period can cause some confusion and despite the fact that I have a degree in English there have been some terms that I have had to look up myself because they are no longer in common use. Despite the difficulties I treasure her writings not only for their research value but also for the window into the lost world of my ancestors that it provides.