Nipmuc Angenettes

Angenette is a popular name in my family; I have a sister Angenette and another sister whose middle name is Angenette (don’t ask!). The first Angenette in my family was born Angenette Briggs White in 1829 Webster, MA. She was a member of the Pegan Band of Nipmuc Indians and the daughter of Betsey Pegan Caesar and step-daughter of Henry White. She married twice – … Continue reading Nipmuc Angenettes

Unraveling Six Generations of Nipmuc Sarahs

Because land passed through the females of our matriarchal tribe,  Sarah Robins (abt. 1689 – bef. 1750),  Sarah Muckamaug (1718 – 1751),  Sarah Burnee (1744 – 1812), and  Sarah Boston (abt. 1787 – 1837) all occupied the “Muckamaug Allotment” in what is now Hassanamesit Woods in Grafton, MA. The total allotment was approximately 197 acres including the 106 acre plot shown below. Sarah Mary Boston … Continue reading Unraveling Six Generations of Nipmuc Sarahs

Nipmucs in the Civil War

I have several direct and collateral ancestors that served in the Civil War. One of those relations was Christopher Vickers (sometime spelled Vicars). There are several Christopher Vickers that were born and died in the same parts of New England and around the same time periods. I’d like to tell you a little about the Christopher Vickers that was born in Thompson, CT on the … Continue reading Nipmucs in the Civil War

My Favorite Resource for New England Native American Research

My favorite record group for tracking Native people in New England is housed in the National Archives down in Washington, DC. It’s part of Record Group 75 also known as the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The pages known as 75.12.2 are the Records relating to Kansas claims of New York Indians. Below is the front page of one of the many records found … Continue reading My Favorite Resource for New England Native American Research

John Milton Earle’s Miscellaneous Indians

What is John Milton Earle’s Miscellaneous Indians list? What tribe or tribes did these families and individuals belong to? And why are we still debating this???? Background Information In 1859, John Milton Earle, of Worcester, MA, was selected to research the number and condition of Indians in Massachusetts. This was in preparation for the enfranchisement of Native peoples in the state. Earle’s report is formally … Continue reading John Milton Earle’s Miscellaneous Indians

The Powers that Be

Folks are wondering what’s going on with this Nipmuk Unity thing. Well, some think that’s it’s a sinister plot to overthrow the current band governments and form something new. Certain Nipmuc Nation tribal council members even stated that the new “tribe” or band would be based within the Hassanamisco Indian Museum (’cause that’s how all indigenous tribes are formed – within museums). Others are fearful … Continue reading The Powers that Be

Nedson Family Line

  John Nedson (1760-1845) is an ancestor of mine. He was a Pequot Indian, born in Stonington, CT. He lived most of his life in Nipmuc country – taking Nipmuc Mary Pegan as his wife and settling down in Wabaquasset (now Woodstock, CT).   Here are the first three generations of Mary and John Nedson. Is you have corrections or additional information, please let me … Continue reading Nedson Family Line

Hassanamisco Indians

I love this document. It’s a survey of property allotted to Hassanamisco Nipmuc Sarah Robins who married Peter Muckamaug. Though Native, Peter was not from Hassanamesit so the land could not be allotted to (or owned by) him. When Sarah Robins died, the land passed to her children. Image from the American Antiquarian Society The Muckamaug allotment was originally 106 acres. The land came from … Continue reading Hassanamisco Indians

Who is Molly Pegan? (Part 2)

Molly Pegan is my sixth great grandmother and a source of much controversy in my small Nipmuc community.  Some of us believe her to be Nipmuc, especially since her maiden name is Pegan – a known Nipmuc name. Others (including nameless BIA researchers) don’t think she is Nipmuc and that the name is simply coincidence. Now her last name is not the only reason folks … Continue reading Who is Molly Pegan? (Part 2)

Hmmm…What shall I write about?

There is so much going on in Nipmuc country right now. I can’t decide what to write about. Things are moving forward with the Museum restoration, the Museum has a new Strategic Plan that hopefully the committee will vote to accept, we are starting a new Language Class at the tribal office, ….plus some other stuff. And I am only thinking of what’s happening within … Continue reading Hmmm…What shall I write about?