Sepit, John

John Sepit was a Herring Pond Indian.  Although little is known of Sepit’s early life, he was enumerated, as a family of 1, in a 1693 Thomas Tupper list of “Praying Indian” congregants at Herring Pond. He ran afoul of the law in January of 1696. He, along with two others, was sentenced for “feloniously deteining” a chest of goods that had washed up on the shore of Sandwich Beach.  He was ordered to serve, for two years, Joseph Barlett, the man who paid his fine.  By 1698 he had completed his service.  

This may the same John Sepit who, in July of 1712, conveyed a tract of wooded land to fellow Herring Pond Wampanoag, Jabez Wicket, in exchange for a gun.  A decade later, in March of 1722, Thomas Bennas conveys a parcel of land, formerly owned by the same Jabez Wicket, to John Sepit

It is unlikely that this was the same John Sepit who was married to Desire Sonett sometime prior to 1754, though it is possible the two John Sepits may have been father and son. 

An Account of Mr. Tupper’s Congregation of Indians 1693, Pilgrim Hall Museum, http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/in_their_own_write.htm;  Sentencing of Ralph Jones, Robin Sepit, and John Sepit by the Barnstable County Court, http://nativenortheastportal.com/digital-heritage/sentencing-ralph-jones-robin-sepit-and-john-sepit-barnstable-county-court-0Goddard and Bragdon, Native Writings in Massachusetts, 45, 49; findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/169371643

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