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Nanaquis

Nanaquis, alias Harry, was among those "visiting Indians" in Farmington who witnessed the choice of Wawowos and Shum as Tunxis leaders and swore an oath of fidelity to them.

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Oskoosooduck, 1665 - 1752

Oskoosooduck was the daughter of Eastern Pequot sachem, Momoho.  Growing up in Quakataug in present day Stonington, CT, her childhood was marked by a number of illnesses, the most severe of which, in 1672, left her, as well as, her siblings and mother near death.  She regained her health and as a young woman married and became the fifth wife of Narragansett sachem Ninigret II, by whom she had two sons, Charles and George.

Cushoy, - 1763

Cushoy was the son of the Wangunk sunksqua, Sarah Onepenny and Pewampskin.  He was the husband of Tyke, whose Christian name was Mary.  He became leader of the Wangunk community after the death of his kinsman Peetoosoh, his uncle’s son.  His name appears on land deeds as early as 1713.  In he 1728 represented the tribe in monitoring a colonial survey to extend a road into the Wangunk reservation on the east side of the Connecticut River.   From 1740 to 1751 he and members of his family began to purchase title or common rights in Wangunk land from other tribal member

Pewompskin

Pewompskin was a Wangunk sunksqua whose name appears on a 1673 confirmatory deed to Middletown Connecticut as an heir and successor to Sowheage.  He was one of the proprietors of the Wangunk land in Chatham, Connecticut.  Pewompskin had a daughter Sarah, the mother of the Elder Mamooson (b. 1676) and Peter Sanchuse (1693-1726).  Among her descendants were her grandsons Mamooson II (b. 1706) and Long Simon and Patience Pewompskine (living 1768).