“The Melungeons were a group of individuals found primarily in Hawkins and Hancock Counties of Tennessee and in the far southern portion of Lee County, Virginia which borders Hawkins and Hancock counties in Tennessee. At one time isolated geographically on and near Newman’s Ridge and socially due to their dark countenance, they were known to their neighbors as Melungeons, a term applied as an epithet or in a pejorative manner.” (Ref 1)
Some listings of common Melungeon Surnames include BEDGOOD . See: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtnties/surname.html.
An authorative account of the history of the Melungeons is available at:
This account also discusses the results of DNA studies of individuals with established Melungeon ancestry.