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Melungeon Surnames

Melungeon Surnames

Posted: 969105600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1008428111000
Surnames: Gibson, Collins, Chavis
I am looking for the GIBSON family who probably came from Louisa Co., Va., and also NC to Scott Co., Va. I suspect they came from the line of Gibson Gibson and Hubbard Gibson, sons of Elizabeth CHAVIS--1680. A John COLLINS was also a close neighbor. Is this the beginning of the Melungeons? Could the CHAVIS [SHAVERS etc] have been "Portyghee" or whatever? Gibson Gibson family successfully proved to South Carolina Govt he was not African American but must have been dark skinned. His sons probably married into the Monacan Indian Tribe. Appreciate any help on this--pro or con


Richard Rogers (View posts)
Posted: 969537600000
Classification: Query
I thought you asked about the possible source of the name and if it might be of Portuguese origin. I also thought the information I gave you might be of assistance. I guess it wasn't.
Posted: 969537600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1008428111000
Surnames: GIBSON
I didn't mean it as anything. It is what they "called themselves" below are just a few links to the almost hundred pages you will find. So do you know anything of the Elizabeth Chavis or however it was spelled that was in Virginia in 1680?

These people claimed that they were descended from a group of Portugese who had been shipwrecked or abandoned on the Atlantic coast. (Byron Stinson, "The Melungeons,"
American History Illustrated, November, 1973:41) The term they used was `Portyghee'.


Melungeon surnames

Richard Rogers (View posts)
Posted: 969537600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Chavis
The closest Portuguese name to Chavis would be Chaves, which means "keys" in english. It is pronounced as one syllable, not "Sha'vez, as in Spanish. p.s. while I am sure you don't mean it as such, most people consider the slang term you used for Portuguese as an insult.

CHAVIS SURNAME - NB married andrew evans(1788-1818) not andrew chavers.

Penny (View posts)
Posted: 972302400000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1088317801000
We may be looking for some of the same family. I have an Andrew Chavers who was married to Elizabeth Shoemake b. at Pee Dee River South Carolina.
Andrew was discharged from the Civil War for being "too dark".
We've always been told Native American but then I found out that some Chavers and Chavis are the same family. I've also found my Shoemakes listed in South Carolina as other free.
You can email me directly if you like.


chavers,chavis, evans, shoemake

kenny (View posts)
Posted: 972561600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: chavers, evans, shoemake, chavis

hi penny,
elizabeth shoemake(born abt 1790 at pee dee river sc) married andrew evans(1788-1818) not andrew chavers. their daughter hettie esther evans(born abt. 1814) married willis chavers/chavis. their first child was andrew jackson chavers(1830-1917) who served in the 17th tennessee inf. made up of men from franklin co. tennessee and jackson co. alabama.



Jinnye Koons (View posts)
Posted: 1004810533000
Classification: Query
Penny, please e-mail me privately at Your email isn't listed. Chavis is one of the prime Melungeon surnames along with Dial, Driggers, Mozingo, Cumbo, Sweat, Locust, Coffee, Oxendine and Nickens. I, too, have Melungeons in my family and am probably one myself.


Posted: 1021970324000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1039502230000
Surnames: cooper/coffey-coffee
i have cooper on grandfathers side and coffee on grandmothers side

grandfather was george w cooper 7 jan 1881 ark
father--roland/rolin cooper
they were from sc, al, ark, ok

grand mother ada coffee b-1890 tx
father--william posey martin coffee 1851 ark
mother-sarah cathrine welch coffee tx

ada always said she was black dutch when asked about her family
george never talked about his at all

they were all very secretive about who they were and where they came from not even any of the children knows much

i was wondering if you had came across any of the names before


mary cooper


glyna gibon (View posts)
Posted: 1073278310000
Classification: Query
researching gibsons maybe melungeons right charteristics from s.c. union ,spartengurg area any help? thanks in ad


Posted: 1073319000000
Classification: Query
Could you give some names and dates on your Gibsons, be glad to check my files.

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