Some Contemporary Oral Tradition

Welcome to the never ending road well travelled! (note by ye webmeister: many sources wish to remain anonymous.

Because I have been interested in the Roma since I was a little girl and especially who was really a "gypsy" and who was e.g. an itinerant worker. . . and because my son recently sold a car to a man called Mr. Marks, and some of the things he said (like being gone for a month to an uncle's funeral, and his surname--the penny dropped for me, or I thought so! and thought he might be Rom) . . . I decided to Google American Roma and have been enjoying looking around at various things, then clicked on Linda Griggs article. My jaw is still dropped! A LONGTIME family mystery is why my grandmother and great-grandmother said we were English, Irish, Welsh, Scots, and "Black Dutch" . . . Though I look things up all the time, I just accepted an earlier hypothesis in the family, that it was a mis-hearing of "Platt Deutsch". But my grandmother (long dead), when this had been suggested to her, said 'No, Granny said "Black Dutch" and "Black Dutch" she said!" . . .This is in rural Georgia and North Carolina, up toward the mountains at times but not deep in them (time 1920s subsequently, don't know any more than that) My great grandmother's married name was Jenkins but you had better believe I am going to try to find out more now! P. Jensen, Jan. 2004

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