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Ashbow, Lucy, - 1822

Lucy Ashbow may have been the daughter of a Mohegan man, Joseph Ashbow and Jenny, ostensibly connected to the Pequot community.  If so, Lucy was one of the three siblings listed in a August 5, 1782  “Census of Mohegan Indians”.  It would not have been uncommon for an individual to be affiliated with more than one native community.

Apes, Eunice, 1805 - 1861

Eunice Apes was born in Salem, Connecticut circa 1805, daughter of Owen and Eunice Apes.
In April of 1814, the Colchester, Connecticut post office published, in the Connecticut Gazette newspaper, a list of unclaimed letters. Eunice Apes was on the list.  Given what would have been the daughters relatively young age, it is more likely that the letter was addressed to Eunice Apes, the mother.  

Hoxie, Isaac, 1849 -

Isaac Hoxie, or possibly Isaac Nedson or Anderson, was the son of Rachel Hoxie, an Eastern Pequot girl from North Stonington, Connecticut.  For several years, he and his mother were listed in the tribe's overseer accounts.  After his mother's marriage to Henry Jackson/Orchard in 1862, Isaac was known as Isaac Jackson and possibly Isaac Orchard.  At least to 1870, he resided in the Jackson household, where in that year worked as a farmhand.

Jackson, Henry, - 1898

Henry Jackson, also known as Henry Orchard, was the son of Simeon Orchard and Rosanna Wheeler of Stonington, Connecticut.   He married Rachel Hoxie Ned Anderson on March 26, 1862.
In 1870, Jackson was the head of a household that included his wife, stepton Isaac and five more children from his marriage with Rachel, Fannie, Jennie, Phebe, Lydia, and Henry (William Henry).  Henry, Sr. and Isaac were farmhands, while Rachel took care of the household.

Ayer, George, 1796 - 1891

Colonel George Ayer was born February 12, 1796, the son of Elisha Ayer and Hope Fanning of Preston, Connecticut.   Ayer became a prominent farmer in Ledyard, working his father's lands, which he eventually inherited.  In addition, Ayer was a military officer in the Eighth Regiment of the Connecticut Militia.  As a relatively young man, the Connecticut General Assembly appointed him an overseer of the Indian reservation at Mashantucket, a role he maintained from 1833-1835.  Ayer also interacted with the neighboring Eastern Pequot community.

Williams, William, 1708 - 1795

William Williams, Esq., (January 15, 1708-January 12, 1795) was the son of Colonel William Williams and Mercy Morgan of Groton, Connecticut.  In 1725, Williams acquired eighty-three acres of Pequot land from John Wood of Groton.  Thirteen years later, a number of Pequots protested his taking as illegal through their overseers and brought him to court.  After a jury found Williams not culpable, a petition from several Pequots moved the General Assembly to order a new trial, in which his claims were defeated.  In the years 1741, 1749, 1750, 1756, 17