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Note by FOC.  This response refers to the "Turks of Sumter County, South Carolina."

The story sounds pretty accurate, but the part about the Jones's being Turks is totally wrong. The Jones, along with a lot of other surnames, are Romanian Gypsies, as I am. You know, like the one that lives on Dallas Hill. In our language, we call ourselves Ludad, or Boyash, not Ludar, as you see online. You see, they just don't know too much about us, and that's the way we like it. We refer to English and Irish Travelers, in our language, as Gudabets. And as far as the Gudabets we're related to English and Irish, alike. And the Turks you spoke of, the ones you see with the palm readers, in our language, we call them Bonaji, or Ragheads. All of the gypsies have told fortunes at one time or another. As far as surnames for the Romanian gypsies go, they are Jones, Stevens, Nichols, Lucas, Westerns, Georges, Morgans, Gilks, Stanleys, and a lot more that I just can't think of at the moment. But it is nice to see an article where someone looks like they know what they're talking about.  Joseph Jones 2/10/2005

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