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Tom (Surly Tom)

Tom was a Rhode Island Native man, living as a servant to Henry Fowler during King Philip's War.  By early January 1677, he had run away and was thought to be around Boston, possibly with Joseph Wise.  In Mary Pray's letter to James Oliver, she complained that because Tom, who she called Surly Tom, told many lies, his running away prevented over forty Indians from going to Providence, presumably, to turn themselves in.   Sources for this biography come from the Related Digital Heritage Item listed below.