Niantic, Western

Western Niantic Tribe

Variant Names         

Nehantic, Nayantaquit, the Seaside Indians

Meaning                    

People of the “point of land on a tidal river” (Trumbull, Indian Place Names, 36)

Location

Between the Thames and Connecticut Rivers, mostly at the mouth of the Connecticut River, around Niantic Bay and Niantic River, and in parts of modern East Lyme and Waterford, Connecticut

Language

Algonquin. Y-dialect similar to the Pequot, Mohegan, Narragansett, and Montauk

Traditional Villages

Niantic, Old Lyme, and Oswegatchie

Inter-Tribal Affiliations

Mohegan, Wangunk, Quinnipiac

To The Most Honorable General Assembly of The State of Connecticut, Convened at The City of New Haven in The Month of October 1784
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Western Niantic, Mohegan Tribe
Category
Work, Poverty, & Economy, Geography, Land, & the Environment, Culture & Society, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mohegan Tribe, Western Niantic
Category
Uncategorized

Waukeet, Lydia, - 1836

In a petition to the General Assembly of Connecticut, local Lyme, Connecticut physician, Vine Utley, sought compensation for medical services rendered to the Niantics.  Among the Niantics listed was Lydia Waukeet; she was billed for Utley's attendance for the period between July 19, 1801 and July 18, 1819.   It is unclear what condition was being treated but, the nominal charge for nearly two decades of medical care suggests infrequent treatment at the very least.

Obed, Tom

Tom Obed was a Niantic Indian from what is presently Lyme, Connecticut.  According to Jan early Eighteenth-Century account book, Obed, with other Niantics, exchanged at John Chandlers' trading post the beavers, bears, and deer they hunted and trapped. Eva L.

To the House of Representatives, May Session 1833                                  

The select committee to whom was referred the petition of Vine Utley have attended to the duty assigned them and are of opinion that the prayer thereof ought not to be granted.  They therefore recommend that the petitioner have leave to withdraw his petition.

All which is submitted by order,

Charles P. Huntington, Chairman

To the Honorable the General Assembly of this State to Be Holden at Hartford in and for said State on the First Wednesday of May 18331

Nonesuch, Joshua , - 1821

Joshua Nonesuch was the husband of Mercy Sobuck of the Western Niantic community in East Lyme, Connecticut.  Joshua worked periodically for Joshua Powers, a neighboring farmer in East Lyme from at least 1804-1813. In a petition to the General Assembly of Connecticut, local physician, Vine Utley, sought compensation for medical services rendered to the Niantics.  Among the Niantics listed was Joshua Nonesuch, for attendance between May 22, 1807 to March 21, 1821.