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Jim Callahan is a great-great-grandson of Mahala Mullins through his maternal lineage. His mother, Ollie, a direct descendent of the original Mullins, Collins, Goings core group of Newman's Ridge was influenced by the missionaries of Vardy to relocate to a new beginning in Indiana. Subsequently, Callahan was born out of the Melungeon area as the only child of a dark Melungeon mother and a fair Hoosier father. As all knowledge of his Melungeon heritage was concealed by his mother, the author stumbled onto this unique facet of his ancestry well into adulthood.