One of my Internet friends (and also as it happens, a distant, distant, distant cousin) sent me a link to an article written in October of 2002 by a George R. Gibson entitled "Mellungeons and Myth." The article, in fact, appeared in Appalachian Quarterly in December 2002.
It's a great piece looking at the possible racial origins of Melungeons. Since the Vinton County Group has the same Virginian Gibson heritage, the information relates to our own mixed racial origins.
Mr. Gibson's conclusions after doing research, mirrors very closely to my own beliefs on the subject.
In any case, if you are enamored, like I am, with the idea of our mixed racial roots you might like to take a peek at this article.
You can find it HERE.
Thanks, J for forwarding this to me. :-)