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Lawrence, Amasa, 1811 - 1879

Amasa Lawrence was born in Thompson, Connecticut, circa 1811.   While little is known of his childhood or parentage, as a young man he took to the sea, a crew member aboard the ship Manchester Packet, which departed from the New London, CT on June 30, 1832 bound for the South Atlantic.   By December of 1833 Amasa had returned home and was enumerated in a private census of tribal members living on the reservation in what was then Groton, Connecticut.

Brushell, Lucinda, 1790 - 1830

Lucinda Brushell was a member of the Eastern Pequot community at Lantern Hill in Stonington, Connecticut.  Not much is know about her until the last year of her life. She received clothing supplies, pork, corn, rice, butter, meal, and molasses from the tribe's overseer in 1828.  In November of that year, money was also spent for iron and chains, presumably to restrain her during a fit of insanity. 

Sebastian, Sarah, 1867 - 1932

Born in Groton, Connecticut in 1867, Sarah Sebastian was the daughter of Manuel Sebastian and Tamer Brushell, an Eastern Pequot woman.  She married Ephraim Williams, an Eastern Pequot on May 16, 1885.  The couple had a number of children: Franklin, Sarah J., Henrietta, and Bertha.  Flowers, Systematic Description of Kinship, 11-12.

Brushell, Tamer, 1822 - 1915

The daughter of mariner Moses and Sylvia Brushell, both of the Eastern Pequot tribal community, Tamer Brushell was born and raised on the tribal reservation in North Stonington, Connecticut.  As a child, Tamer may have spent some time as an indentured servant in the household of Captain Elam Eldridge when her father was at sea.  In 1830 and 1831, when she was around 8 years old, she received clothes, shoes, and funds for her support from the Eastern Pequots' overseer account. 

George, Hannah, - 1825

While her parentage is currently unknown, Hannah George was a member of the early 19th-Century Western Pequot community at Mashantucket, Connecticut.  On April 15, 1825, the tribe's overseer, Elisha Crary, noted the expense of two dollars paid to Shubael C. Whitney for building her coffin.  Information for this biography can be found in the following Digital Heritage Item.