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Pratt, Peter, 1716 - 1780

Peter Pratt, Jr. (July 19, 1716-1780) was the son of Peter Pratt, II, and Mary Metcalfe.  A graduate of Yale College in 1736, he studied theology and was licensed to preach by the Windham Association three years later.  Pratt removed from Lebanon, Connecticut to Sharon in 1740 where he was ordained and served as the town’s first minister  In 1742, the Connecticut General Assembly appointed Pratt and Neguntemauge as a committee to investigate the land sales of the Indians of Sharon and Salisbury.
 

Pratt, Peter (Attorney), - 1730

Peter Pratt (c. 1680-November 22, 1730) was the only son of Peter Pratt, Sr., and Elizabeth Griswold of Lyme, Connecticut.  While a young man, Pratt studied law in New London, where, for a brief time, he became a follower of the Rogerene leader, John Rogers -- his mother’s former husband.  After recanting what was considered heresy, Pratt wrote an account of his lapse of judgment called “The prey taken away from the Strong, or an Historical Account of the Recovery of one from the dangerous errors of Quakerism”.
 

Pitkin, Timothy, 1727 - 1812

The son of Governor William Pitkin and Mary Woodbridge, Timothy Pitkin was born in East Hartford, Connecticut in 1727.  After graduating from Yale College in 1747, he studied theology and worked as rector of Hopkins Grammar School and a Yale tutor from 1750 to 1751.  In 1751, Pitkin married Temperance Clap, daughter of Thomas Clap, the President of Yale College. The following year, Pitkin succeeded

Pitkin, William, 1694 - 1769

Born April 30, 1694, in Hartford, Connecticut, William Pitkin became Captain of the Trainband, East Society, 1730-1738.  In Connecticut 1st Regiment, he served as Major (1738-1739) and Colonel (1739-1754).  Pitkin held many political positions.
Deputy, Connecticut General Assembly (1728-1734), Speaker, House of Representatives (1732-1734), Judge, Hartford County County Court (1735-1753), Superior Court (1741-1754; Chief Justice 1754-1766); Deputy Governor, Colony of Connecticut (1754-1766), and 

Pitkin, Timothy, Jr., 1766 - 1847

Timothy Pitkin was the son of Rev. Timothy Pitkin and Temperance Clap of Farmington, Connecticut.  After his graduation from Yale in 1785, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1788.  Pitkin was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives at various times from 1790 to 1805, serving as clerk of the House from 1800-1802 and Speaker from 1803 to 1805.  He was then elected to the United States Congress, where he served from 1805 to 1819.

Wayhanatt, - 1695

Wayhanatt (alias George Sagamore I) was the leader of the East Haven band of Quinnipiacs who succeeded Momauguin.  He and Quinnipiac soldiers under him served in the English forces in New York during King William’s War.  In his land policies with the English, he was fairly conservative.  In 1673 he granted English colonists the right to build and use an access road through tribal land in the Red Rock district of East Haven.  Ten years later, Wayhanatt and his council negotiated a confirmatory deed to New Haven with the town’s authorities.  In 1686 and 1687, they sold several quarter acre pl

Wayawousit (Jeffrey), - 1716

Wayawousit (alias Jeffrey) was a member of the Totoket band of Quinnipiac at Branford, Connecticut.  He served on the council for the sachem Wompom (c. 1686).  In that capacity he established hunting and fishing rights in tribal lands at Indian Neck and sold other parcels of meadow to English settlers.  Wayawousit succeeded Wompom as leader of the Totoket.  In 1703 and 1704, he was required to sell off pieces of tribal land to pay for the criminal fines and release bond of his son, John Jeffrey.  At his death around 1716, his heirs included sons John, Constable, Harry, and Tom.

Niles, Horace

In the year 1845, Horace Niles boarded Philena, an Eastern Pequot woman, for which he was reimbursed in the summer of 1848 by Elias Hewitt, the tribe's overseer.  He did a similar service in 1847.
 
Not much is known about Niles, however.  He may have been one of the African American Niles family living around Stonington and North Stonington in the early 19th Century, or more likely, a member of Jabez Niles-Lydia Williams' multi-racial family, who were part of the Eastern Pequot Community.