Fagins, Nancy, 1824 - 1859

Nancy Fagins, occasionally referred to as Nancy Miller, was the daughter of Hannah Miller and, possibly, Charles Fagins.  Records suggest that she lived her entire life on the reservation, appearing consistently in the records of the state appointed overseer as the recipient of goods and services.  In December of 1833 she was enumerated in a private census of tribal members living in what was then Groton, Connecticut, in which Erastus Williams, having just concluded his tenure as overseer, described Nancy Fagins as 7 years old and of mixed black-Indian ancestry. She was included with her siblings Charles, Joseph, Henry and Samuel.  She appeared in her own account in the overseer's records as early as 1845 when she would have been about 21 years old.  This was the same year she signed a petition, along with numerous other Pequots, for the appointment of William Morgan as overseer of the tribe. In 1848 and 1849 she was a signatory on two additional petitions requesting the removal and replacement of overseers.

In March of 1851 Nancy Fagins married Delucius Fagins, also known as Lucius, in Ledyard.  They lived together on the reservation.

In April of 1856 and again a year later in 1857 Nancy petition, along with more than twenty other Pequots, against the recent sale of reservation land. This remonstrance was rejected by the General Assembly.  She was enumerated in tribal censuses in 1858 and 1859. In the former she is included in a family grouping along with her mother Hannah Miller and siblings Henry and Joseph Fagins.  She is described as being "about 31" and living on the reservation.  

In February 26, 1859 Nancy Fagins died " of fits" in Ledyard, the overseer drawing from the tribal funds to pay for her coffin and burial clothes.  She was survived by her husband.  CHS, William Samuel Johnson Papers, III, 100: December 13, 1833 letter from Erastus Williams to William T. Williams; NLCC:PbS, Indians, Mashantucket Pequot; Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 122 

Born: 
c. 1824
Died: 
February 26, 1859