While the names of her parents are currently unknown, it appears that Eunice Waugs was the daughter of an Eastern Pequot man and a Mohegan woman.
In the spring of 1816, the Town of Norwich spent funds to support her. With a belief that she was a Mohegan, they requested reimbursement from the Mohegan's overseer. The claim was denied because the Mohegans restricted payment from the avails of tribal land to full-blooded Mohegan only. Seeing that Esther's father was from another tribe, she could not qualify.