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Peter (Natick)

Peter most likely was among the company of 112 Native men, women, and children (some of the later abandoned by Phillip’s forces as they fled from the English) who surrendered to Plymouth Colony authorities in August 1675.  Having subsequently judged complicit in acting against the Colonies, most of them were sentenced to servitude.  Peter was sold out the colony to John Kingsley, a town selectman from Milton in Massachusetts Bay.  The following year, several of Pe

Kingsley, John, 1636 - 1698

Born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1636, John Kingsley/Kinsley was the son of Stephen and Mary Kingsley and Mary.   He served as a town constable in 1676 and a selectman in 1677.   Kingsley had an Indian servant, Peter, who was the subject of a petition to the Massachusetts General Court in 1676.  In that same year, Massachusetts authorities issued him a warrant as Milton's constable for the appearance of witnesses against Captain Tom, a Natick Indian.
 

Uncas, Sachem, 1590 - 1683

Uncas, son of Owaneco I and Mekunump, was the sachem of the Mohegan Indians during most of the 17th century. Uncas claimed paternal and maternal descent from Pequot and Narragansett sachems. In 1626, he married the daughter of Tatobaum, the ruling Pequot sachem. Despite this alliance, relations between the Mohegans and Pequots deteriorated quickly. The Pequot leadership forced Uncas and some of his deputies to flee their tribal territory to Narragansett protection, and Uncas responded by courting English support.

Tahattawan

Descended from a prominent Native family line, Tahattawan (also known as Tahattawarre, Tahatawants, Attawance, Ahattawance, and Nattahattawance) was Sachem of the Musketaquid with his chief place of residence at Nashobah.  His connection to the tribe’s SquaSachem is currently unknown, but they both lived at or near the foot of Nashawtuck Hill.  Tahattawan had one son, John, and two daughters, Tassansquaw (the wife of Waban) and Naanasquaw, also known as Rebeckah (the wife of

Quannapohkit, James

(Known also as Muminquash, James Rumneymark, James Wiser, and James Awassamug), James Quannapohkit was one of the sons of John Awassamug and the husband of Mary Ponham.  As kin of Wenepoykin, Quannapohkit was a member of a leading Natick family at Medfield, Massachusetts.  Even though he served as a scout with his brother Thomas in the service of the English during King Philip's War, Quannapohkit was held captive on Deer Island.  He sold land at Washakim in 1670 and in 1684 petitioned Massachusetts authorities to sell parcels at Marlborough. 
 

Tom (Surly Tom)

Tom was a Rhode Island Native man, living as a servant to Henry Fowler during King Philip's War.  By early January 1677, he had run away and was thought to be around Boston, possibly with Joseph Wise.  In Mary Pray's letter to James Oliver, she complained that because Tom, who she called Surly Tom, told many lies, his running away prevented over forty Indians from going to Providence, presumably, to turn themselves in.   Sources for this biography come from the Related Digital Heritage Item listed below. 

Appleton, Samuel, 1624 - 1696

Samuel Appleton was the son of Thomas Appleton and Judith Everard of Waldingfield, Suffolk, England.  In 1635, he removed to New England with his family and settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Appleton served as a deputy (1668-1681) and as an assistant (1681-1686) to the Massachusetts General Court.

Leverett, John, 1616 - 1679

John Leverett was the son of Thomas Leverett of Boston, Lincolnshire, England who immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 and became a merchant in the Atlantic trade.  He joined the town’s Artillery Company in 1639 and was sent by Massachusetts authorities to negotiate with the Narragansetts in 1642.  On the outbreak of the English Civil War, he returned to England in 1644 to join the Parliamentary forces under the command of Thomas Rainsborough and remained there for four years.  Upon his return to New England, Leverett became Boston’s representative to the Massachusetts General Court