Foxon (Poxon)

Foxon (aka Poxon) ("clear stone") was a member of the Podunk-Scantic community whose name appears on a 1636 conveyance of land on the east side of the Connecticut River lying between the Podunk and Scantic Rivers to English.  Through interactions with the Mohegans living along the River in the township of Hartford, Foxon rose to became a prominent figure in Uncas' leadership cohort as the sachem's translator, counselor, and ambassador.  John Eliot considered him one of the wisest Indians in Southern New England.
 
Perhaps to be close to the New Haven Court, around 1644, he lived on a plain called Foxon's farms on the Stoney River near the border between East Haven and Branford.  He was also a witness to the transfer of Uncas land to Connecticut's governor and magistrates.  In 1647, 1649, and 1656, Foxon represented Uncas before meetings of the Commissioners of the United Colonies against claims of the Pequot, Nipmuc, and Suckiog.
 
His daughter was the wife of Uncas and mother of Ben Uncas I, the sachem's youngest son.  However, Uncas later claimed the woman to be of low status and the union between them only consummated when he was drunk.  It may have been those comments that turned Foxon against him.  According to Charlotte Henry, a 19th century Tunxis woman, he lived on Box Mountain in Bolton in the winter.  Foxon was remembered as an old and blind man, despised by the Podunk for leaving the tribe.  When he died, his grandson, Ben Uncas, buried him in Mohegan Country.
 
Drake, Book of the Indians, 96-98.  "Memoir of the Mohegan," Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol. 1x, 83.  DeForest, History of the Indians of Connecticut, 83-4, 231-233, 250, 304, 495.  Sources for this biography also come from the Related Digital Heritage Items listed below.
Alias(es)
Poxon
Died: 
Before 1660