Some PHELPS families living in the area 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)
Some HEALTH problems *may* be involved with this ancestry. My websites noted below have some general information on the MELUNGEONS themselves and more detailed information on the possible health issues.
Please take a look if your PHELPS 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 noted on my site which may help identify descendants. Nancy S THE MELUNGEON HEALTH EDUCATION AND SUPPORT NETWORK: http://www.melungeonhealth.orghttp://www.melungeonhealth.org Melungeon INformation and Common Surname List: http://members.home.net/sparkys9/melungeons.htmlhttp://members.home.net/sparkys9/melungeons.html Sparks Genealogy: http://SparksGenealogy.nethttp://SparksGenealogy.net (Select: Index/Nancy's Corner/The Melungeon Connection) (Select: Index/The Melungeon Media Release