An ongoing study of the Lumbee Indians and the Goins family tree. This site is new and more content will be added as the site developes.
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History of the Melungeons - Article by Jack H. Goins. Jack is a Melungeon project co-administrator, the coordinator for the Goins DNA Project and the author of the book titled: MELUNGEONS: And Other Pioneer Families. Jack has done extensive research on the early migrations through Virginia and North Carolina and traced his only family line through Eastern Tennessee.
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The Lumbee Indians were not a recognized tribe until a bill was finally passed in 1956. Prior to this time they were denied federal status. The Lumbee ancestors include both the Algonquian and Siouan Indian bands. Their blood is mixed with Cheraw, Tuscarora, Croatan, Cherokee Indians as well as whites and blacks. They are called the first inhibitants of North Carolina and researchers are suggesting that the Lumbee Indians did in fact intermarry with the members from the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
To view the bill that was passed to recognize the Lumbee Indians
After first arriving on the shores of North Carolina, the settlers were met with hardships from weather and illness. It is believed that they sought help from the Croatans for food and shelter. No mention of the settlers was found for 50 years. English historians wrote of a group of Croatan Indians that were fluent in english, practiced Christianity and had surnames that existed in the original Roanoke colony.
To learn more about The Lost Colony of Roanoke and The Lost Colony Genealogy Project visit The Lost Colony Blog
There are many spelling variations to the surname Goins that include but are not limited to: Goin, Going, Gowen, Goyne, Guin and Goen. While the name does not appear in most of the list of names that are associated with the English surnames that are connected to the Lost Colony, there is a history of the Goins intermarrying with Waldens , Chavis, Locklear and other surnames that are associated with the Lost Colony. There was Francisco Guni that arrived in 1538 and Doughan Gannes that is listed on the roster of 1584. Some have speculated the name Goyne could be related to the Spanish and Portuguese settlers from Florida. It is interesting to note that James Ernest Goins is the current Chairman for the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina and is said to have come from a long line of tribal leaders.
The DNA Project has proven that my own line of Goins is a closest match to the Lumbee Indians.