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Tom (Surly Tom)

Tom was a Rhode Island Native man, living as a servant to Henry Fowler during King Philip's War.  By early January 1677, he had run away and was thought to be around Boston, possibly with Joseph Wise.  In Mary Pray's letter to James Oliver, she complained that because Tom, who she called Surly Tom, told many lies, his running away prevented over forty Indians from going to Providence, presumably, to turn themselves in.   Sources for this biography come from the Related Digital Heritage Item listed below. 

Appleton, Samuel, 1624 - 1696

Samuel Appleton was the son of Thomas Appleton and Judith Everard of Waldingfield, Suffolk, England.  In 1635, he removed to New England with his family and settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Appleton served as a deputy (1668-1681) and as an assistant (1681-1686) to the Massachusetts General Court.

Leverett, John, 1616 - 1679

John Leverett was the son of Thomas Leverett of Boston, Lincolnshire, England who immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 and became a merchant in the Atlantic trade.  He joined the town’s Artillery Company in 1639 and was sent by Massachusetts authorities to negotiate with the Narragansetts in 1642.  On the outbreak of the English Civil War, he returned to England in 1644 to join the Parliamentary forces under the command of Thomas Rainsborough and remained there for four years.  Upon his return to New England, Leverett became Boston’s representative to the Massachusetts General Court

Pratt, Peter, 1716 - 1780

Peter Pratt, Jr. (July 19, 1716-1780) was the son of Peter Pratt, II, and Mary Metcalfe.  A graduate of Yale College in 1736, he studied theology and was licensed to preach by the Windham Association three years later.  Pratt removed from Lebanon, Connecticut to Sharon in 1740 where he was ordained and served as the town’s first minister  In 1742, the Connecticut General Assembly appointed Pratt and Neguntemauge as a committee to investigate the land sales of the Indians of Sharon and Salisbury.

Pratt, Peter (Attorney), - 1730

Peter Pratt (c. 1680-November 22, 1730) was the only son of Peter Pratt, Sr., and Elizabeth Griswold of Lyme, Connecticut.  While a young man, Pratt studied law in New London, where, for a brief time, he became a follower of the Rogerene leader, John Rogers -- his mother’s former husband.  After recanting what was considered heresy, Pratt wrote an account of his lapse of judgment called “The prey taken away from the Strong, or an Historical Account of the Recovery of one from the dangerous errors of Quakerism”.

Pitkin, Timothy, 1727 - 1812

The son of Governor William Pitkin and Mary Woodbridge, Timothy Pitkin was born in East Hartford, Connecticut in 1727.  After graduating from Yale College in 1747, he studied theology and worked as rector of Hopkins Grammar School and a Yale tutor from 1750 to 1751.  In 1751, Pitkin married Temperance Clap, daughter of Thomas Clap, the President of Yale College. The following year, Pitkin succeeded

Pitkin, William, 1694 - 1769

Born April 30, 1694, in Hartford, Connecticut, William Pitkin became Captain of the Trainband, East Society, 1730-1738.  In Connecticut 1st Regiment, he served as Major (1738-1739) and Colonel (1739-1754).  Pitkin held many political positions.
Deputy, Connecticut General Assembly (1728-1734), Speaker, House of Representatives (1732-1734), Judge, Hartford County County Court (1735-1753), Superior Court (1741-1754; Chief Justice 1754-1766); Deputy Governor, Colony of Connecticut (1754-1766), and 

Pitkin, Timothy, Jr., 1766 - 1847

Timothy Pitkin was the son of Rev. Timothy Pitkin and Temperance Clap of Farmington, Connecticut.  After his graduation from Yale in 1785, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1788.  Pitkin was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives at various times from 1790 to 1805, serving as clerk of the House from 1800-1802 and Speaker from 1803 to 1805.  He was then elected to the United States Congress, where he served from 1805 to 1819.