Here is another arrangement, Briggs' style, of one of the earliest Minstrel tunes. (c. 1830's). Taken for the original sheet music, as well as Howe's early book. Has banjo characteristic while retaining the melody. Notice the pulls placed in the arrangement.
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Tim, I had a similar thought; it sounds like it has some older DNA in it - very cool!
Hans Nathan (Dan Emmett and Negro Minstrelsy) linked it to the Scottish folk song "Jenny's Babee"