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Uncas, 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.


The grandson of Narragansett Sachem Weesoum and Keshkechoo, Mascus was the younger brother of Canonicus I.  Mascus had a daughter and four sons: Mecumah (Miantonomo), Yotash, Pessicus, and Cojonquant.  Chapin posits that Mascus may have been the real power in Narragansett Country up until his death in the 1620s.  Under his leadership, Narragansett authority extended to the north of Ousamequin's territory to Weymouth, the Blackstone River, and as far north as Mount Wachusett.  Chapin, Sachems of the Narragan


Wawaloam may have been the daughter of the Connecticut River sachem, Sequassen, and sister to Wepitamock.  She was the wife of Miantonomo and mother of three sons: one who died young, Paupauquivwut (Moosup), and Canonchet. 
Chapin, Sachems of the Narragansett, 53, 54.


Sequassen, the son of the Wangunk leader Sowheage, was the sachem of Suckiog (Hartford).  Chapin posits that Wawaloam, the wife of Narragansett sachem, Miantonomo, was his daughter.   Chapin, Sachems of the Narragansett, 54.

Canonchet, - 1676

Canonchet, alias Saccohan, Nauntenoo, Miantonomo II, was the youngest son of Wawaloam the Narragansett sachem Miantonomo, who had a village at Pettaquamsett.  While he had signed a treaty with the English to remain neutral in October 1675, he nonetheless became a leader of importance, especially among the younger generation of Narragansetts after the Great Swamp Fight and joined forces with Metacom.  During King Philip's War, Canonchet led attacks at Warwick and Rehoboth, and burned almost all of Providence.  In April 1676, he was captured b

Haynes, John, 1594 - 1653

John Haynes was the son of John Haynes and Mary Michel of Great Haddam and Codicot, Essex England.  He immigrated with Thomas Hooker and Cotton Mather to Massachusetts in 1633, where he was elected an assistant to the General Court and later governor.  In 1637 he left the Bay Colony with Thomas Hooker for Hartford, Connecticut.  As an assistant to the General Court of Connecticut, he attempted to join with Massachusetts to fight the Pequots during the Pequot War.  Yet, as one biography of Haynes has indicated, he was against the killing of Indian women and children as a military tactic.  Af

Randall, John (Jack)

John (Jack) Randall, a farmer of color, was born in the household of Captain Roswell Randall of Stonington, Connecticut on January 1, 1795, perhaps son of the slave that appears in the Captain's census enumeration in 1800.