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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).

Robbins, Sarah (Nipmuc), - 1749

Sarah Robbins was a member of a prominent Nipmuc family from Hassanamisco who were descendants from the Hassamamisco sachem Petavit (Robin).  She may have been bound out into a white family in Providence, Rhode Island as a consequence of King Philip's War.  In the early 1700s, she became the spouse of Peter Muckamug, an Indian man living at Providence, who had ties to the Narragansett community.  The couple appears to have two children, George and Sarah.

Kickemus

Kickemus was the husband of Sarah, who was the daughter of Pewampskine.  Sarah and Kickemus had two sons, Mamooson (b. 1676) and Peter Sanchuse (1693-May 1726).  Joseph Barrett pamphlet.

Sepunnamo

As the child of Sowheag, sachem of the Connecticut River Indians, Spunnoe came from a prominent Wangunk family.  His name appears on a 1673 confirmatory deed to Middletown Connecticut as an heir and successor to his brother Sequassen.  Spunnoe was one of the proprietors of the Wangunk land in Chatham and Haddam, Connecticut.  
 
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