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Cate Collins, an Indian woman

THE NAME COLLINS is not listed on any of the deeds associated with the Mattamuskeet Indian Reservation in Hyde County, North Carolina, such as Squires, Barber, Mackey, and Longtom. However, in March 1765, a woman named Cate Collins made an … Continue reading

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Thomas Bennett, an old Indian man

THE NAME BENNETT appears on multiple documents related to Native Americans in northeastern North Carolina. These include the following: James Bennett, on the Chowan Indian land conveyances in 1733-1734 George and Josiah Bennett, described as Indian boys in Gates County apprenticeships … Continue reading

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A quick one

I’LL MAKE THIS BRIEF. One of the most frequent questions that people, particularly of mostly European descent, have about their admixture results is where their purported Native American ancestry disappeared to. Some actually have documented ancestors, some are enrolled members … Continue reading

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Gale Letter

As to what y’u desire to know off ye Ind’s, some are Civil & some barbarous, they using ye Seabord. They live in small Townes and barke Cabbins, pallisado’d in w’th 2 or 3 Rows of Stakes; every Towne or … Continue reading

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Norfolk Folk

A LITTLE genealogical breakthrough, and many thanks to James Nickens for advising me to look in Norfolk for my ancestors. To recount, the source of my indigenous ancestry is through the Collins family of Gates County, North Carolina. I descend, … Continue reading

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People of the First Light

I AM NO EXPERT on Algonquian peoples or languages, but when it comes to Carolina Algonquians, there are a few basic ideas that are important to understand, and which help to explain later migrations between Indian communities. The first is … Continue reading

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The Dawn Land

TWENTY-SEVENTEEN was a year that saw me delve into and investigate a number of theories about the origins of my ancestors. I swung between hypotheses that they were detribalized Pamunkey, or refugee Tuscarora, or merely Chowanoke fringe people. Both DNA … Continue reading

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