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Gurganus, FNU -- Families of Interest.........


Families of interest are included due to being recorded in early history, such as land records, taxes and other official government documents, of the areas that the colonists may have migrated to.

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In answer to Roberta's email:

I have probably done the most Gurganus research of anyone I know. If there is anyone else, they're doing a good job of hiding.
However, I don't have any conclusive answers. There is one David Gurganus (1800-1870+) who had an police report saying that his complexion was dark, his eyes were black and his hair was black. His father was from eastern NC, and mother a Swain, and no known Indian ancestors on her side. There is also a Reuben Gurganus (1809-1884) who is described as dark complexion, dark eyes and hair.
I have a third Gurganus (first name unknown, b.c. 1770) whose wife was an "Indian Princess" (no more details on her), and had 3 children.
I have heard several family legends from Gurganus's or descendants of Gurganus's saying they had Indian ancestry, but no details on when, where, or who this was. I also have several African American Gurganus's, who I guess were slaves, or descendants of slaves of Gurganus's.
I don't believe the Gurganus name itself is Indian. My own DNA testing points towards eastern European (but would love to have other Gurganus's tested to confirm my results). There are many Gurganus men in the late 1600's and early 1700's who had unknown spouses -- so it's easily possible that one or more had Indian or African spouses.



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