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Aaron, Abigail

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Abigail Aaron was the daughter of Aaron Whipple and Sarah Muckamug of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc community.  Abigail's early years were spent as a servant in the household of the Brown family in Providence.  She later married a man named Whipple and had two children, one of which was Elizabeth.  HL-P, Hassanamisco People, YIPP Research Files.  Summary under the Criteria (Nipmuc Nation, September 25, 2001), 66.

Aaron, Joseph, 1741 - 1808

Joseph Aaron was the son of Aaron Whipple and Sarah Muckamug of the Hassanamisco community at Grafton, Massachusetts.  He was born when his parents were living in Providence, Rhode Island, the youngest of four siblings. He and his mother left Rhode Island for Grafton shortly after his birth, reaching there in 1741.  He was indentured to David Daniels of Mendon after his mother's death in 1751.  Joseph returned to Grafton in 1768 and lived with his half-sister Sarah on the family homestead, where he cultivated wheat and rye.

Abel, Elisha I. (1820)

Elisha I. Abel was the representative from Griswold, Connecticut to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1819.  In April 1816, he received a cash payment from the Western Pequot's overseer.
Roll of State Officers and Members of General Assembly of Connecticut, 234. Sources for this biography also come from the Related Digital Heritage Items listed below.

Abner, James, - 1828

James Abner was probably one of the six children of Abner, a Pequot Indian listed in March of 1762 as residing in a wigwam on the Mashantucket reservation in what was then Groton, present-day Ledyard, Connecticut.  Two years later, he served in Captain John Tyler's Third Company of Israel Putnam's Battalion during the French and Indian War.

Abner, Mary

Mary was the wife of James Abner and lived within the Eastern Pequot community on the reservation adjacent to Lantern Hill in what was then Stonington, Connecticut.  She and James had at least one son, Randall Abner, who was a participant in the Brothertown removal.  In 1788 Mary and her husband signed Jacob Sowas’ petition to appoint a new overseer. De Loss Love, Samson Occom, 335; 1788.05.00.00, IP 1.2.252. 

Abner, Nabby

Nabby Abner was enumerated by the Eastern Pequot tribe as one of the needy.  The Reverend Joseph Fish described her as a “widow, poor and suffering” in December 1771. 1775.03.27.01  Fish First Book

Abner, Randall, 1789 - 1852

Randall Abner was the son of James and Mary Abner of the Eastern Pequot community in Stonington, Connecticut.  He married Sarah Tokus and the two removed, first to Stephentown, New York and then, by 1819, to the Christian agrarian community in Brothertown, New York, adjacent to Oneida lands.


Abomhomen, alias John Maheriment was an Abenaki sagamore of Anasagunticook.  In May 1660, he and a number of other sagamores were conveyed to Alexander Thevayt a tract of land along the Kennebeck River.  In 1701, he was a signator to a treaty at Casco Bay.  York Deeds, Book X (Portland, ME: Brown Thurston Company, 1894), ccxiii.

Abraham, David, 1744 - 1785

David Abraham was a member of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc community of Grafton, Massachusetts, the son of Andrew Abraham, Jr. and Abigail Printer.  Abraham served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and resided at Alstead, New Hampshire at the time of his death. Probate Records (Worcester County, Massachusetts); Index 1731-1881;  Probate Records, Vol 17-19, 1777-1786.  HLP, Hassanamisco People, YIPP Research Files.

Abraham, Samuel, - 1745

Samuel Abraham (d. December 28, 1745) was a member of one of the Natick Indian community's prominent families and a proprietor of Indian land.  He and his wife, Hannah Hannah Nehemiah had at least one daughter, Zerviah.  Abraham served as Natick's selectman in 1716 and 1719 and was a member of a committee to encourage the Reverend Peabody to settle his ministry more permanently among the Natick. Abraham and Thomas Pegan were on another committee for the sale of the Indian land at Magunkook.

Abram, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Abram was the daughter of Andrew Abram and Deborah Abraham of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc tribal community and the wife of a man named Samson.  The couple had two daughters, Althea and Deborah.  In the winter of 1775, out of financial need, Elizabeth and three other Nipmuc women petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature for payments of their interest money.  HL-P, Hassanamisco People, YIPP Research Files.  Petition of Elizabeth Sampson


Achwanamett (before 1653 - after 1673) was a Wampanoag sachem whose territory comprised or at least included Mattapoisett.  On October 3, 1673, he, Machacom and Papamo, two other sachems with interest in the same land, recorded the bounds of Mattapoisett in order to provide for their children.  RPC 12: 225-225.

Adam (Quinnipiac), - 1770

Adam was a Quinnipiac from East Haven/Farmington, who was also known as Thomas Adams, Jacob Adams, or Henry Adams.   Adam and his wife Mary had at least four children, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Abigail Adams Way, and Sarah Adams Deliverance.  He was a leader of the Quinnipiac of East Haven, who emerged as the spokesman for the tribe after the death of the Quinnipiacs’ sachem, John Sauk.

Adams, George

Born in England, George Adams settled in Watertown, Massachusetts as early as 1645 and was a glover by trade.  In 1647, he was a proprietor of Nashuway or Lancaster and removed to Cambridge in 1664, after selling his property in Watertown.  Cutter, New England Families, Vol. 3, 1584.

Adams, John (Quinnipiac-Tunxis)

John Adams was the son of Adam and Mary of the East Haven band of Quinnipiac and the brother of Samuel, Abigail, and Sarah Adams.  His wife’s name was Sarah, and the couple had four children: John, Jr (1755-c. 1804), Sarah, Simeon (d.c. 1829), and Samuel (d.c. 1812).  The family removed from their Quinnipiac homeland around 1770 and settled at Farmington, Connecticut, where land for them was assigned in 1777.

Adams, Joseph S. (1863)

Joseph S. Adams was a selectman of the Town of Tisbury, Massachusetts.  In 1863, he, with other selectmen and Overseers of the Poor of Tisbury, supported the petition of Priscilla Freeman to get aid for her mother, Jemima Easton.  Petition of the Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor for the Town of Tisbury to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives, 1863.01.00.01.

Adams, Paul

Paul Adams was the President of the Boston Five Cent Savings Bank.  He retired from the position in 1875.  Professional and Industrial of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Vol. 2 (Boston MA: The Boston History Company, 1894), 420.

Adams, Samuel, 1722 - 1803

Samuel Adams was the son of Samuel and Mary Adams of Boston, Massachusetts who became one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.  A graduate of Harvard College, he held the positions of clerk of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1766-1774), President of the Massachusetts Senate (1782–1785, 1787–1788), Lieutenant Governor (

Addington, Isaac, 1645 - 1715

Isaac Addington was the son of Isaac and Anne Addington of Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Secretary of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1692-1715), judge of Common Pleas (1695-1702), and chief justice of the Superior Court (1702-1715).  In 1675 Addington was a signator to a treaty made with the Penobscot Indians.  Hugh M. Addington, History of the Family of Addington in the United States and England (Salem, MA: Higginson Book Co., 1931), 9-10.  Daniel Neal, The History of New-England, Vol. 2 (London: A.


Adeawanadon was an Abenaki leader from Narraguagus.  In 1695, the Governor of Canada sent him and Onwondaquiro with eighteen French Indians to take prisoners at Albany. In 1701, he was a signator to a treaty at Casco Bay.  He is called a Pigwacket and was a delegate to an Indian conference in 1714.  E. B. O'Callaghan, Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol. 4 (Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, 1854), 124.  MA 29: 39.

Adlington, Francis (1854)

Francis Adlington was a resident of Edgartown, Massachusetts.  As a legal voter, he and several other men from Edgartown signed a petition to the Massachusetts General Court in 1854 supporting Jemima Easton's request for relief.

Petition of Barnard C. Marchant and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives, 1854.03.10.00.

Agrikah, Israel

Israel Agrikah was mentioned in a petition authored by John Quaab to the Massachusetts General Court on behalf of the Nantucket Indians.  According to Quaab in 1752, Agrikah's corn was damaged by sheep owned by neighboring non-Natives.

Petition of John Quaab, on behalf of the Nantucket Indians, to the Massachusetts General Court, 1752.09.11.00


Aguntus was a Narragansett who removed to Quinebaug Country with Allumps and Mashanshawitt and took up residence there as a popular leader.  He was one of Uncas’ cousins. Harry Lee Barnes, “The Wallum Pond Estates,” Rhode Island Historical Society Collections 15 (April 1922), 29-31, 37. 


Ahaton was a leading 17th century Punkapoag leader and sachem of Musketaquid and a relative of Pawtucket sachem Wenepokin (George-No-Nose). He had several children:  sons Peter (Natooqus), Benjamin, and William, and daughters Tahkeesuisk and Jammewwosh (Hanna), all living in 1680.  In 1635, the Massachusetts Court fined Ahaton two beaver skins for setting traps that injured Rev.

Ahaton, Job

Job Ahaton was a member of the Titicut Indian community at Middleborough, Massachusetts.  He may have been married to a woman named Sarah, for their names are found on a petition to the Massachusetts legislature regarding providing land for the establishment of an English church near them.  Petition of Benjamin Wano to the Massachusetts General Court, 1743.06.00.

Ahaton, Sarah

Sarah Ahaton was a member of the Titicut Indian community at Middleborough, Massachusetts.  She may have been married to a man named Job Ahaton, for their names are found on a petition to the Massachusetts legislature regarding providing land for the establishment of an English church near them.  Petition of Benjamin Wano to the Massachusetts General Court, 1743.06.00.

Ahaton, William, - 1717

William Ahaton, alias Quaanan, was one of the sons of the Punkapoag leader Ahaton.  He served as a teacher and preacher at the Indian Praying village at Punkapoag (1674-1717).  He was imprisoned at Deer Island at the start of King Philip’s War but released to become one of Major Thomas Savage’s guides.  After the war, Ahaton continued as the leader of the Punkapaog by successfully negotiating for the release from captivity of several of his tribal family and by monitoring land sales of tribal land.  He was survived by a son Amos.  Alonzo Lewis, Th


Ahmus, or possibly Amos, was a sachem whose residence was west of Aquidnessett (Wickford, Rhode Island).  In 1675, his village was burned by Massachusetts soldiers. 

Akatt, John (1843)

John Akatt was one of several men, who in January 1843, certified a petition of three heirs of Lurana Sepit to enquire into the whereabouts of funds from sale of Sepit's land.  Petition of August Casey, 1843.01.18.00.

Albee, Obadiah, 1730 - 1754

Obadiah Albee was the son of Obadiah Albee and Jane Moss of Mendon, Massachusetts.   He removed with his parents to Holiston, Massachusetts and then to Wiscasset, Maine.  In early December of 1749, Albee led a group of his friends in an attack against a party of Abenaki Indians, killing one and seriously wounding two others.  He was subsequently arrested and tried but found not guilty of the crime.  In the summer of 1754, he died after being mauled by a bear along the Sheepscut River.   Henry G.

Alden, Briggs, 1723 - 1796

Descended from Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, Colonel Briggs Allen (1723-1796) was the son of John Alden and Hannah Briggs of Duxbury, Massachusetts.  He served in the local military company as a major (1762) and then a colonel (1776).  Alden was his town’s selectman and representative to the Massachusetts General Court.  John Alden, The Story of a Pilgrim Family (Boston, MA: James H. Earle Publisher, 1889), 377-379.

Alden, David

David Alden (1701-1763) was a landowner in Middleborough, Massachusetts.  His name was listed as an abutter to property owned by Stephen David, a Titicut Indian.  Find A Grave, Petition of Stephen David, 1741.03.17.00.

Aldrich, Samuel

Samuel Aldrich was a selectman from the Town of Oxford, Massachusetts.  In 1849, he and other selectmen from the Town of Webster certified a petition from Julia Ann Daily, a Dudley Indian, to the Massachusetts General Assembly.  1848.11.13.00

Allen, Christiana, 1785 - 1857

Christiana Allen was born c. 1785, the daughter of Scipio and Susannah Allen.  By at least 1805 Christiana married Pascal DeGrass, the year their son, Charles was born.  She, along with about one hundred others, signed a May 21, 1833 petition complaining of outside interference in governmental and religious affairs at Mashpee.  The following year, as a resident of Mashpee, Christiana DeGrass and two of her adult children, Charles and Elias, were signatories to a January 1834 Mashpee petition written by William Apes.

Allen, Daniel, - 1742

Daniel Allen was an indigent Indian soldier who served at Fort George in Brunswick, Maine.  He was discharged by Captain Benjamin Larrabee  on September 4, 1741 because of injuries.  On the way back home, Allen was taken ill and died at Braintree, Massachusetts ten weeks later.  Petition of William Hunt, John Adams, and Ebenezer Copeland, 1744.02.08.01.

Allen, Hiram

Hiram Allen was a selectman from the Town of Webster, Massachusetts.  In 1849, he and other selectmen from the Town of Oxford certified a petition from Julia Ann Daily, a Dudley Indian, to the Massachusetts General Assembly.  1848.11.13.00

Allen, James

James Allen was the son of Sylvanus and Jane Allen of Chilmark, Massachusetts.  He long served as Deacon of the Chilmark Congregational Church. William Allen and Joshua Allen, Genealogy of the Allen Family, 1568-1882 (Farmington, ME: Chronicle Book and Job Press, 1882), 9.