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Stanton, Thomas, 1638 - 1718

The son of Thomas Stanton, Sr. and Ann Lord, Thomas Stanton, Jr. was born 1638 at the Hartford settlement shortly after the Pequot War, and subsequently married Sarah Denison, daughter of Capt. George Dension.  In September 1654, the Commissioners of the United Colonies, recognizing his and his younger brother John's facility in understanding and speaking the Indian language, ordered that the two Stantons be trained at Harvard "for future service ... in Teaching such Indian Children as shalbe taken into the Colledge for that end." When the Thomas, Sr.

Stanton, Thomas, 1616 - 1677

Thomas Stanton, Sr. was born in Wollerton, Warwickshire on July 30, 1616. He immigrated to Virginia in 1635 but then abruptly moved to Boston, joining the Puritan congregation in Newtown that later transplanted to Hartford. Stanton erected a trading post at Pacawtuck in 1650 and resettled his family shortly thereafter. As early as 1636, he acted as an Indian interpreter for colonial affairs, being officially appointed as such for the Connecticut colony in 1638, and similarly commissioned later by the United Colonies of New England, rising to the rank of interpreter general in 1658.

Peter (Natick)

Peter most likely was among the company of 112 Native men, women, and children (some of the later abandoned by Phillip’s forces as they fled from the English) who surrendered to Plymouth Colony authorities in August 1675.  Having subsequently judged complicit in acting against the Colonies, most of them were sentenced to servitude.  Peter was sold out the colony to John Kingsley, a town selectman from Milton in Massachusetts Bay.  The following year, several of Pe

Kingsley, John, 1636 - 1698

Born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1636, John Kingsley/Kinsley was the son of Stephen and Mary Kingsley and Mary.   He served as a town constable in 1676 and a selectman in 1677.   Kingsley had an Indian servant, Peter, who was the subject of a petition to the Massachusetts General Court in 1676.  In that same year, Massachusetts authorities issued him a warrant as Milton's constable for the appearance of witnesses against Captain Tom, a Natick Indian.
 

Uncas, Sachem, 1590 - 1683

Uncas, son of Owaneco I and Mekunump, was the sachem of the Mohegan Indians during most of the 17th century. Uncas claimed paternal and maternal descent from Pequot and Narragansett sachems. In 1626, he married the daughter of Tatobaum, the ruling Pequot sachem. Despite this alliance, relations between the Mohegans and Pequots deteriorated quickly. The Pequot leadership forced Uncas and some of his deputies to flee their tribal territory to Narragansett protection, and Uncas responded by courting English support.

Tahattawan

Descended from a prominent Native family line, Tahattawan (also known as Tahattawarre, Tahatawants, Attawance, Ahattawance, and Nattahattawance) was Sachem of the Musketaquid with his chief place of residence at Nashobah.  His connection to the tribe’s SquaSachem is currently unknown, but they both lived at or near the foot of Nashawtuck Hill.  Tahattawan had one son, John, and two daughters, Tassansquaw (the wife of Waban) and Naanasquaw, also known as Rebeckah (the wife of

Quannapohkit, James

(Known also as Muminquash, James Rumneymark, James Wiser, and James Awassamug), James Quannapohkit was one of the sons of John Awassamug and the husband of Mary Ponham.  As kin of Wenepoykin, Quannapohkit was a member of a leading Natick family at Medfield, Massachusetts.  Even though he served as a scout with his brother Thomas in the service of the English during King Philip's War, Quannapohkit was held captive on Deer Island.  He sold land at Washakim in 1670 and in 1684 petitioned Massachusetts authorities to sell parcels at Marlborough.