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Wicket, Zaccheus

Zaccheus Wicket was the son of Simon Wicket, the Native preacher at Skauton.  For close to twenty-five years, he and his brother Nathan tried to sell their family's interest in Oyster Island in Barnstable.  Diary of Samuel Sewall, Diary of Samuel Sewell, Vol. 2, (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1895), 340-341.  Petition of Zaccheus Wicket, 1737.11.00.00.

Jeffrey, William

William Jeffrey was an Indian man from Harwich, Massachusetts. He served under Colonel Thomas Westbrook at Fort St. George from July to December 1722, and in the fall of 1723 until November of the following year, he was with Lt. James Armstrong's Company in the Penobscot Country. He appears to have continued his enlistment at Fort St. George as he was seriously wounded in the ambush that left Captain Josiah Winslow and thirteen English soldiers dead on May 1, 1724. Jeffery and two other Indians survived and returned to the garrison.

Hirsch, Betsy, 1823 -

Betsy Hirsch was born circa 1823, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Hirsch.  As a Mashpee resident Betsy Hirsch was a signatory, at the age of 11, to a January 1834 Mashpee petition written by William Apes.   Hirsch's name was added to that of 288 other Mashpee residents and community members raising a number of longstanding grievances against the overseers and the Congregational missionary to the tribe.  

Valentine, Simon, 1783 -

Simon Valentine was a mariner from the Herring Pond Indian community.  In 1804 he married Bathsheba Wicket in Plymouth, daughter of Obediah and Bathsheba Hannet Wicket.  This is the same year that Simon signs a petition from the tribe to the Massachusetts General Court.  Several years later, in December of 1807, he signed a petition with other Herring Pond Indians requesting that their current state appointed guardian be allowed to continue in his position.

Gookin, Daniel, 1612 - 1687

Daniel Gookin, military and governmental supervisor of the Indians, was born in England or Ireland in 1612, the son of Daniel Gookin, Sr. He travelled to Virginia with his younger brother to look after his father's land in the colony. He first appears in the colonial Virginia records in 1630 at the age of thirty. He received his own land of 2,500 acres in 1634-35. After his wife died in 1639, he returned to London and remarried Mary Dolling.

Tom, Nehemiah

Nehemiah was the son of Captain Tom.  In 1675 he declared that he would not fight against the English.  To prove his fidelity, he brought in several enemy heads to Massachusetts authorities,  In 1681, he was named as having rights to lands beyond the Nipmuc River.  Four years later, he, Captain Tom, and several others protested the sale of land near Whip Suffrage, Massachusetts, and demanded redress.  He was still living in September of 1684.MA 172, 207, 262a, 287.

Stanton, Thomas, 1638 - 1718

The son of Thomas Stanton, Sr. and Ann Lord, Thomas Stanton, Jr. was born 1638 at the Hartford settlement shortly after the Pequot War, and subsequently married Sarah Denison, daughter of Capt. George Dension.  In September 1654, the Commissioners of the United Colonies, recognizing his and his younger brother John's facility in understanding and speaking the Indian language, ordered that the two Stantons be trained at Harvard "for future service ... in Teaching such Indian Children as shalbe taken into the Colledge for that end." When the Thomas, Sr.

Stanton, Thomas, 1616 - 1677

Thomas Stanton, Sr. was born in Wollerton, Warwickshire on July 30, 1616. He immigrated to Virginia in 1635 but then abruptly moved to Boston, joining the Puritan congregation in Newtown that later transplanted to Hartford. Stanton erected a trading post at Pacawtuck in 1650 and resettled his family shortly thereafter. As early as 1636, he acted as an Indian interpreter for colonial affairs, being officially appointed as such for the Connecticut colony in 1638, and similarly commissioned later by the United Colonies of New England, rising to the rank of interpreter general in 1658.