Native Northeast Research Collaborative
Geography, Land, & the Environment, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty, Settlement, Migration, & Resettlement
A summary of various French and English explorations and colonial settlement of New England

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Concerning that part of America which we call New England, the French claim that as being first discovered by them,


Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe
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Rosier, John, 1793 - 1851

John Rosier was the son of Silas Rosier and Phebe Wamsley.  He married his cousin Jane Wamsley and had one son, John.  Rosier was a sailor aboard the frigate, U.S. Macedonia.  His family resided at Betty's Neck in Middleborough (now Lakeville), Massachusetts.  He died in the winter of 1851 by drowning in the Assawompset Pond.  Pierce, Indian History, Biography, and Genealogy, 217.

Felix, Thomas, Jr.

Thomas Felix, Jr. was the son of Thomas Felix of the Assawampset community living at Titicut in Middleborough, Massachusetts.  A petition from his father to the Massachusetts General Court indicates that Thomas, Jr. had died by 1759.

Felix, Thomas

Thomas Felix was most likely the son of Nanauatauate (Felix) and Abigail, Wampanoags from Assawampset.  He had at least two sons, Thomas, Jr. and Israel.  By 1712 he removed to Titicutt, where he succeeded Thomas Sekins as the Indian minister and served as the local magistrate there.

Felix, Israel (1768)

Israel Felix was a Wampanoag man from Middleborough, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Felix.  In 1759 he served under Captain Thatcher in a unit composed of many other Middleborough men.  Israel worked as a laborer, but Thoreau characterized him as "an old preacher." In 1768 he successfully petitioned the Massachusetts General Court for permission to sell ten acres of his land because of the debts he incurred by nursing and lodging his late Aunt Sarah Hood.


Weecum was a Wampanoag woman, the spouse Benjamin Tuspaquin, and mother of four children: Esther, Hannah, Mary, and Benjamin Tuspaquin.  Pierce, Indian History, Biography, and Genealogy, 212.

Mitchell, Charlotte Eveline L., 1848 - 1930

Charlotte Eveline Mitchell was the daughter of Thomas Mitchell and Zerviah Gould of Abington, Massachusetts and a lineal descendant of the Wampanoag leader Massasoit.  A graduate of public schools in Abington and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Charlotte worked as a fancy basket maker in a family-run business.  She, her mother and her sister Melinda removed to ancestral land at Assawompsett (Betty's Neck) in 1849, where they built their home and established a farm.