Conet, Cynthia, 1814 - 1901

Born at Pondville, Massachusetts in the summer of 1814, Cynthia Conet (Conant), was the daughter of Phebe Lindsley and John Conet, members of the Herring Pond Tribal community.   She married Solomon Attaquin, an activist at Mashpee, in 1836 and would go on to have three daughters, Melissa Z., Sarah E., and Nancy E. Attaquin.  

In 1842, Cynthia, along with thirteen other Mashpee women, petitioned the Massachusetts legislature to forbid railroad companies from depriving Massachusetts citizens of the right to use railroad cars on the “sole ground of a difference of Color.”  Eight years later, she relinguished any claim to the lands at Herring Pond she had as a proprietor before her marriage.

All of the family, except Melissa, are enumerated in the 1860 Mashpee census with Solomon employed as a farmer and the two girls attending school.  A Mashpee census two years later found Cynthia, then 48 years old, and Cynthia's household included their six-year-old daughter Nancy, Solomon's mother, the 73-year-old Sarah Jones Attaquin, as well as her brother-in-law, his wife, and nieces and nephews.  In the 1870 census, Cynthia was enumerated as keeping house, Solomon as a farmer, his mother and nephews still residing with them.  But the following decade, Cynthia and Solomon, an elderly couple, were living alone.  After his death in 1895, she became a boarder in the household of Irving Oakley.  A year later, on May 1, 1901, Cynthia Conet Attaquin died from gangrene at Mashpee and was buried there as well.  She was 87 years old.

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May 13, 1814
May 1, 1901