Some DYESS families living in the areas 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 website noted below has some general information on the MELUNGEONS themselves and more detailed information on the possible health issues. Please take a look if your DYESS 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 to identify descendants.
THE MELUNGEON HEALTH EDUCATION AND SUPPORT NETWORK: http://www.melungeonhealth.org
Sparks Genealogy: http://SparksGenealogy.net
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