NC family’s unique birthmark has lasted 9 generations, dates back to 1800s

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – If you see them walking around town, you may think they are just aging early, but the white streaks in each Heyer family member’s hair have nothing to do with age – they were all born with it.

Newborn Aaliyah Richardson is one of nine generations of her family with the white streak birthmark. (Source: WECT)
Newborn Aaliyah Richardson is one of nine generations of her family with the white streak birthmark. (Source: WECT)

“When I had Jonathan I was like ‘Oh my God I have one that has it!’,” said Ronda King-McCullough, also born with the white streak. “Then when Xan came I was really blown away like ‘Oh my God this is really going on, the saga continues.'”

King-McCullough’s family history with the birthmark goes as far back as the eighteen hundreds. Nine generations later, it’s no longer surprising to see that white streak in the family, is now a tradition.

“People just look and they say ‘Huh! She has it too, even in her eyebrows!,'” added King-McCullough. “It’s almost like a story, people want to hear about it. ‘Where did it start, how far does it go back?'”

The family also had a question: How long will it continue?

A new addition was coming to the family, King-McCullough’s daughter-in-law was expecting. Just a few weeks ago, Aaliyah Richardson was born with that all-too-familiar white streak of hair.

“I love it and I love that my grandkids have it and I love the place that it’s in because it’s outstanding and it’s unique,” said King-McCullough. “I hope they are able to embrace it as I have.”

The unique birthmark goes back nine generations (Source: Tina Heyer)
The unique birthmark goes back nine generations (Source: Tina Heyer)

As any good grandmother does, King-McCullough takes her grandchildren all over town whenever there’s a chance.

Walking the neighborhood with their white streaks worn loud and proud like a badge of honor.

“That’s what everyone tells me, ‘that’s (the birthmark) a sign of good luck’ and I say ‘Ok bring it on!’ These are my good luck packages,” King-McCullough said as she pointed to her grandchildren.

The family continues to grow and more of King-McCullough’s good luck packages will come into this world. The family said they are ready for even more attention.

“I’m expecting the stares, but it’s a good thing, we’ll just talk about it,” stated King-McCullough.

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