The Manuel Family
Eddie Manuel, The Manuel Family
Interview with Eddie Manuel at Backintyme.biz at Blog Talk Radio. Eddie will talk about the Manuel Family who are of Lumbee & Melungeon descent. The Manuel family shared a Portuguese heritage, as well as Native American. Eddie will share with us his DNA scores and what those means to him, as an educator, father, husband & Melungeon descendant in the 21st century.
Eddie Manuel, has made his home in Wytheville, Va for 35 years. He is an adjunct professor teaches American, World History and Military Leaders at Granthum University and serves as consultant to the Melungeon Heritage Association. Eddie has also built a “Melungeon Village” in his back yard.
“To be honest, in the beginning I did not care about history at all. That was, until I read several books by Dr. Brent Kennedy, who opened my eyes to my Melungeon identified ancestry. When I completed the DNA testing is when I realized the magnitude of the truth in origins, for my family. The analysis provided familial matches from Saudi Arabia, and Palestine. Furthermore, validating my family history of Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Native American ancestry.
I have been able to trace my ancestry back to early 1600’s related to William Hennings Bryan and Daniel Boone. I was also able to obtain records from the National Archives which I learned of the families ties to the Creek and Seminole Indians.”
Native American, Lumbee, Creek, Seminole
Variations in Manuel Surname spelling
North Carolina (arrival to coast)
Stories of Portuguese Pirates in NC
Discrimination toward the Manuel Family