Memorial of the Pequots at Stonington on the Selection of an Overseer

To the honorable General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut to be convened at New Haven in said colony on the second Thursday of October AD 1766

The memorial of us, the subscribers, Indian inhabitants of the Town of Stonington in New London County, humbly showeth that at the General Assembly held at Hartford on the 2nd Thursday of May, AD 1763 your honors appointed Lieutenant Israel Hewitt, Jr. of  Stonington  to act with Ebenezer Backus ,Esq., of Norwich as overseers to your poor memorialists who accepted said trust, but of late, by reason of the bodily indisposition of said Ebenezer Backus, Esq. and also his living so great a distance from your memorialists, that nothing hath been done, by said overseers for the settlement of our affairs, whereby great difference, difficulty and troubles are subsisting among us.  Where upon your honor’s memorialists humbly pray that Doctor Charles Phelps of Stonington may be put in as overseer to your memorialists with the aforesaid Lieutenant Hewitt instead of said Ebenezer Backus, Esq., or in some other way as you in your wisdom shall think fit to relieve your poor memorialists and we as in duty bound ever pray.

These in the behalf of the rest of the Pequot Indians

 

Dated at Stonington, October 6, AD 1766

Notation: Memorial of Indians at Stonington/October 1766
Legislative Action:  In the Lower House the prayer of this memorial granted and liberty, etc. Test William Williams, Clerk.  Concurred in the Upper House. .  Test George Wyllys, Secretary.  Passed Lower House.  Passed Upper House, October 17 pm.  Bill.  Passed Lower House.  Passed Upper House. October 17 pm / Entered
Cataloguing:  250
 
 
  • 1. The name Abner Indian was crossed out in the original. It is somewhat unclear as to which Abner this might have referred to. It could be Abner Metupps who, in Dec 1771, was described by the Reverend Joseph Fish as being lame and poor.  It is possible, although less likely, that it is the Abner who according to Ezra Stiles, in 1762, had a wigwam at Mashantucket and at age 45 had 6 children.