Mahala Mullins, Melungeon

From The Climax, Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Wednesday, May 1, 1895, p. 4:

Death of Mahala Mullins.

Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 19. – News has reached here of the death of Mahala Mullins, the famous fat woman and moonshiner of Hancock county. Mrs. Mullins weighted 560 pounds and lived on the top of a mountain, where she conducted a “still” in defiance of law. The officers were unable to apprehend her on account of her size, there being no way to get her down the mountain. Mrs. Mullins was one of the tribe of “Melungeons” whose origin has been a mystery to ethnological students for many years.


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