Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Melungeons Defined in 1895

The Century Dictionary
An Encylcopedic Lexicon of the English Language

Prepared Under the Supervision of
William Dwight Whitney, Ph.D. LL.D.
Professor of Comparative Philology and Sanskrit
Yale University

Page 3702:

Melungeon (me-lun'jon), n. [Origin obscure:
perhaps ult. < F. melange, a mixtiure: see
melange.] One of a class of people living in
eastern Tennessee, of peculiar appearance and
uncertain origin.

"They resented the appellation Melungeon, given to them
by common consent by the whites, and proudly called
themselves Portuguese." Boston Traveller, April, 1889)

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