Queppish, Dives, 1789 - 1863
Dives Queppish was born May 20, 1789, the son of Ebenezer and Sarah Queppish. He was likely one of the children referenced in the Mashpee censuses of 1793, 1800 and 1808 as living in Quashnet portion of the plantation in the large and prosperous Queppish household. As a young man, he was a signatory on a December 1807 petition remonstrating against the recent request for an alteration in the form of government at Mashpee. Several years later in 1811, Dives Queppish was a signatory on a petition for the removal of Overseers and for new regulations regarding the governance of the plantation.
He was enumerated in an 1834 Mashpee census, at age 45, with his wife Alice Pocknet Queppish and his eleven-year-old daughter, Betsy, from a previous marriage. He was a signatory on the January 1834 Mashpee petition written by William Apes. His name was added to that of 288 other Mashpee residents and community members complaining of a number of longstanding grievances against the overseers and the Congregational missionary to the tribe. He is listed among 40 other voters at Mashpee in a December 1835 report of Daniel B. Amos in opposition to the Congregational minister Phineas Fish. Dives was a signatory on additional petitions in 1844 and 1847 complaining of infringements on the community's autonomy, land, and religious freedom. Dives Queppish, age 58, was present on the Mashpee lands in 1848, enumerated along with his 23 years old daughter Betsy. By 1859, Seventy-year-old Dives lived alone and was a widower. He earned his living as a farmer, likely cultivating at least some of the 260 acres he held in severalty. He died several years later on April 6 of 1863. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Vol. 1; 1793 Mashpee, Autograph File, Houghton Library, Harvard University ;1800 Mashpee Census, Ms. 48: SPG, Account of Indians, Box 2, Folder 16, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Misc. Bound Docs. 1808, MHS, Boston, MA; Petition of Gideon Nautumpum and Other Mashpee Indians to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1807.00.00.00, Petition of Moses Pocknet and Other Mashpee Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1811.01.28.00; Petition of the Mashpee Indians to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1834.01.29.00; Harvard University. Corporation. Papers relating to the Marshpee Indians, 1811-1841: Harvard University Archives; Petition of Solomon Attaquin and Other Proprietors of the Mashpee Tribe to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1844.02.00.00; Petition of Oaks Coombs and Other Mashpee Indians to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1847.01.25.00