Keeter, Patience, 1755 -
Patience Keeter was born circa 1755, the daughter of Bethiah Keeter. Sometime after 1808 and prior to 1811, Patience married a man with the last name Allen, probably Scipio Allen. It was at least a second marriage for Scipio and most likely the same for Patience. Patience Allen was a signatory, on a January 1811 Mashpee petition asking for the removal of their overseers and the right to choose their own. She, along with about one hundred others, signed a May 21, 1833 petition complaining of outside interference in governmental and religious affairs at Mashpee. The following year, Patience, age 79, was enumerated in an 1834 Mashpee census and was a signatory on the January 1834 Mashpee petition written by William Apes. Patience signed along with 288 other Mashpee residents and community members outlining a number of longstanding grievances against the overseers and the Congregational missionary to the tribe. In mid-October 1835, James Walker made a mark against Patience Allen's as being since dead.
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Vol. 1. Ancestry; Petition of Moses Pocknet and Other Mashpee Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1811.01.28.00; Petition of the Mashpee Tribe, House Doc. Senate #14, January 1834; Petition of the Mashpee Indians to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1834.01.29.00. James Walker's Facts in Regard to the Difficulties at Marshpee, 1835.10.17.00.