I am an enrolled member of a state-recognized tribe, the Nipmuc Nation, also known as the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc Indians. We have a reservation in Grafton, MA that has been occupied by our people since long before recorded time.
Molly was the mother of Nancy Pollock Curliss and grandmother of Mary Curliss Vickers.
Molly was 84 years old in 1837 when she filed a claim for a widow’s pension placing her date of birth about 1753.
Molly was raised in Killingly, CT by Rev. Aaron Brown.
Pegan is a surname commonly attributed to Nipmuc Indians in Natick, MA and Webster/Dudley, MA.
Granddaughter Mary Curliss Vickers identified grandmother, Molly, as a Dudley Indian.
Molly married twice – when she was 19 to Mingo Pollock and, after Mingo’s death in 1798, she married Jacob Woodland.
Molly was the mother of four children – Nancy, Diana, Hannah and Pero.
Molly was living with Christopher Curliss/Corlis, husband of daughter, Nancy, in 1841 in Thompson, CT.
Molly was the daughter of Thomas Pegan, a proprietor in the Indian towns of Natick and Dudley. This speculation is based on Thomas’ age and that he once resided in Killingly, CT. Also, the practice of removing Indian children from their homes and placing them in English households to be raised “properly” was common in colonial Massachusetts. It is uncertain if this was also practiced in neighboring NE Connecticut.
My main questions about Molly are:
Who were Molly’s parents?
Why was she “raised” by Rev. Brown?
Where was Molly born?
Where and when did she die?
Is Molly one of the Nipmuc Pegan Indians?
Did she have siblings? If so, were they also raised by English families?
These records were searched:
These records need to be searched (or so I believe):
My Plan was/is:
- Begin with Killingly Town records. Extend investigation to Rev. Aaron Brown and his family/congregation.
- Search again through CT vital records for Killingly, Thompson and surrounding towns and Natick and Dudley, MA at both state and local levels.
- Investigate state/colony records for Connecticut and Windham County. Focus search on Indian/colored indentures and custody of Indian children.
- Research Mingo Pollock and Jacob Woodland – their origins, families, and neighbors.
- Research Thomas Pegan and other Pegans that may be related to Molly in central MA, NE CT and NW RI.
What do YOU think? How can I break this brick wall?
Massachusetts; Earle, John Milton, Papers, 1652-1863, Mss. Dept., Mss. Boxes “E”, Octavo Vols. “E”, American
Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA.
Pollock (Pvt., Captain Stephen Crosby’s Co., Connecticut, Revolutionary War); Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land
Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 – ca. 1912, documenting the period ca.
1775 – ca. 1900; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files; NARA M804; Record Group
15; National Archives, Washington, DC.
M804; RC 15, National Archives, Washington, DC.
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Archives, Washington, DC.
 Bureau of the Census, 1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services (Washington: Blair and Rives,