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Of the few Melungeons that I have seen that still look like the people in the late 19th century/early 20th century photos, they resemble Latinos that are biracial or triracial. I saw one of a family named Goins and the father looked like my great grandfather who was mulatto of Venezuelan ancestry. I don't see that blood in Knotts he looks Germanic/Anglo Saxon. But it's very obvious many of these people that they could be classified as "Black" by the ODR.
Majority of them looks heavily mixed . Peoples mistakes them for fully whites because their black features are also found among natives european . For example this girl :
Her nose is obviously african, but that kind of nose is also common among german and scandinavian, because she has blond hair and blue eyes , peoples would mistakes her for a fully whites , even if she is probably the blackest looking ones of the set .
It's funny how skin tone can change the perception of peoples .
Those girls has been quotes as the most black looking of the set , because they has dark skin and dark hair . But they looks the same than the blonde one, they even looks less mixed .
Not sure if I posted this already but all of the ones I posted that said they were "black" were mainly from Ohio and Michigan and the ones who said they were "white" were all from Virginia, where this group of people originated. I haven't checked yet, but I wonder what kind of phenotypes do the ones that identify as "Native/Amerindian" look like.