Sepit, Mary, 1798 - 1873
Mary Sepit was born circa 1798. Sometime prior to 1823 she married a Mashpee man, Thomas Hirsch, as this was the year their daughter Betsy was born. As a Mashpee resident Mary Hirsch was a signatory to a January 1834 petition written by William Apes. Hirsch's name was added to that of 288 other Mashpee residents and community members raising a number of longstanding grievances against the overseers and the Congregational missionary to the tribe.
Nearly a decade and a half later, Mary Hirsch, age 50, along with her husband Thomas, age 45, and their children, was enumerated in a commissioners' report to the Massachusetts Legislature concerning the condition of the Herring Pond community, where they then lived on land to which Mary had rights.
In 1859, Mary Hirsch and her family were still residing at Herring Pond, with the exception of her daughter Betsy, who had married George W. DeGrass and was residing with the Christiantown community on Martha's Vineyard.
Petition of the Mashpee Indians to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1834.01.29.00; Bird Report, 1849; Earle Report, 1861. Mary Sepit Hirsch, Find A Grave.