Thanks so much for your replies: Nov. and a few days ago. This is a difficult puzzle for me. In trying to get some answers to our heritage, I only have speculation to go on. There are hints in physical features and we did a DNA test on my dad which revealed a small mix of sub saharan african and native american, mostly caucasian. Yet, there is something there. Most fascinating. The surname that I am curious about is Ingrum/Ingram and Jenkins. My people are from Southern Indiana and many moved to Illinois in the late 1800's. Another thought: we always described my great uncle Jim as looking like a handsome gypsy! Again, thanks for your response.