Hi Miranda, Kathy, & J. Friedman. Thank you for this thread, it is very enlightening. Kudos to you J. Friedman for backing up your research!
I read all of your posts with great interest. I'm kind of new to the boards. So please bear with me. Lately, I have come across threads regarding naming patterns and religion as a basis for claiming particular ethnic origins which seem to be really broad and general in nature.
A person who claims to share my same ancestral lines, and based on "their" family tradition, has postedassertions that our ancestors, who were enslaved in Harris County, Georgia; (various lines have been identified on several slave inventories) were not slaves.
They go on to say that these ancestors had some African, but mainly French Hugeunot, East Indian, Portuguese, Flemish, Moorish, Melungeon, Native American and Jewish origins (have I left out any?) because one ancestor had a given name of Levi, (Jewish)whose mother's name, which they are not sure of, was Sophia or Celia, or had Copeland, Jarrett, Mullins, Farley or Whitehead as a surname.
I'm just curious to know whether or not the author's scholarly work regarding naming patterns and religion was applicable to people who were enslaved, indentured servants or FPOC.
I tried to access the link to the article that you provided but it was not working. Do any of you have a clue? Additional information can be provided if needed to assist me. I just didn't want to bore you with a long post :-)
Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you. - djarrett