A member of an old mixed-race or triracial group, formed by people of mixed white, black and Native American ancestry before the Civil War. Derived from Mestis in Middle French, which became Metis in modern French, which is used for mixed groups in Canada. Cognate with Mestizo in Spanish.
The Mestee group of Rhea, Roane and Hamilton counties, Tennessee, or a member of the group. Group also known as the Graysville Melungeons. From the most common name in the group. Goins is the most common name in the Mestees of the Southeast. Graysville, Tennessee, is the only incorporated town with a Melungeon majority.
Many ancestors of the Goins of Graysville were Goinstown Indians from Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties, NC, and Henry and Patrick counties, VA.