About Tennessee Collins
The Grohse Manuscripts report, "An old blacksmith, a Portuguese on Blackwater Creek, is as dark as a genuine African, yet has a peculiar tinge to his skin that is totally foreign to the Negro. He has a white wife, a Mullins woman, a descendant of English and Indian. The blacksmith is a Denham, grandson of the old Portuguese emigrant and a Collins woman..."
- Written records agree with Melungeon DNA results. "the results of the first generation are offspring of Sub-Saharan African men and white women of Northern and central European origin." http://www.jogg.info/72/files/Estes.pdf