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Wesorts is a name for a group of mixed-race people who claim descent from the Piscataway Native American population in Charles County, Maryland. Individuals with the surnames Proctor, Newman, Savoy, Queen, Butler, Thompson, Swann, Gray and Harley, claim that heritage. Their appearance suggests a mixture of European, Native American and African-American ancestry.

A local joke by some members of the present-day Piscataway nation is that the proper name of the tribe is "Wesorts" - as in "we sorts of Mulattos, we sorts of Indian."

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Popular culture

Wayne Karlin's novel The Wished For Country is a fictionalized account of the origins and struggles of the Wesorts as an outcast multicultural people in the early days of Maryland's first European settlement, St. Mary's City. The Los Angeles Times reviewed The Wished-For Country as a contribution to the history of "the common people," calling the book "an attempt in novel form to bring to life the original Wesorts and their turbulent world." [1]

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  1. ^ Day, Anthony. A Story of Maringalized Colonists Not in History Books. The Los Angeles Times. " http://articles.latimes.com/2002/sep/27/news/lv-books27

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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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We-Sorts is an archaic nickname for people of "mixed-race" origins who currently claim descent from the Piscataway Native American population in Charles County, Maryland. Today, one can find many people, particularly with the surnames Proctor, Savoy, Queen, Butler, Thompson, Swann (and others) who have that heritage, with appearance suggesting a mixture of European, Native American and Black American ancestry in the minds of many. A local joke by some members of the present day Piscataway nation is that the proper name of the tribe is "Wesorts" - as in "we sorts of Black, we sorts of Indian." Wayne Carlin's novel The Wished For Country fictionalizes the origins of the We-Sorts.

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This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at We-Sorts. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

This article uses material from the "We-Sorts" article on the Genealogy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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