Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Lumbee Indians and The Lost Colony of Roanoke

The Lumbee Indians
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.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke
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.

How are the Goins Related?
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.

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  1. My ancestor is Lucinda Goins born around 1822, in north carolina. I am having a time finding anything on her.She died around 1868 in ky or ohio. I can find no death record for her. I just wanted to say I love your sight . Sincerely, Sheila Hill Miller

    1. I have a picture of Lucinda Goins she married to William Sweat if that the same one years sound about correct if so she was Cherokee

    2. I would love to have a copy of that picture. I believe Lucinda is my lineage as well. Born around 1790 and a son named John quinten?