My maternal grandmother, Alice Pauline "Polly" Beard was born June 6, 1917 and died Mar. 21, 1968. She was the daughter of Joseph Jeffries Beard and Alice Thorne Hanks. This picture was taken shortly after her marriage in 1933. Karen
I am Nancy Sparks Morrison and I am a Melungeon descendant. I am
enthusiastic about genealogy and that is how I found my Melungeon connection.
I also found that I had an inherited illness called
Familial Mediterranean Fever. This illness is thought to be rare in the
U.S but I think it is simply being misdiagnosed as everything under the
Fibromyalgia and rheumatic-type joint pains are two of the major symptoms in this illness along with a whole lot more.
You can read my story with Familial Mediterranean Fever PLUS a lot of medical documentation and information on the Familial Mediterranean Fever blog.