Nedson, Richard

Richard Nedson was the husband of Wealthy Nedson, both members of the Eastern Pequot tribal community.  The couple had at least one child, possibly Richard Nedson (bc. 1785), an indentured servant who ran away from Stephen Billings of Groton in 1804 and later became a seaman.  The family lived just north of the Lantern Hill reservation. 

To support them, Nedson occasionally worked for Jonathan Wheeler of Stonington, Connecticut from 1770 to 1772.  The Town of North Stonington paid him to board its paupers, Charles Brown's children in 1811, Abigail Cossump from 1811 to 1815, and Zilpha Fagins in 1819.  Nedson also received funds from the state-appointed overseer in 1829 and cash, pig, and corn in 1832. In that same year, he had rights reserved for him in a pasture on the reservation that was let out to rent.  The last recorded documentary evidence for him is on July 30, 1835, when he received some cloth.

Bragdon and Simmons, Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut, Petition for Federal Acknowledgment as an American Indian Tribe (1998), 90. Mancini, Beyond Reservation, 111.  Connecticut Gazette, January 16, 1805. Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 265. Johnathan Wheeler Account Book, C.H.S. North Stonington Town Treasurer's Records. 


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