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George, Peter, Sr.

Peter George was a member of the Western Pequot community at the Mashantucket reservation in North Groton (now Ledyard), Connecticut.  In 1796, his name appears on a register of seamen out of New London.  Tow years later, he married Poll Apes on December 27, 1798 in Preston, Connecticut.  The couple had at least two children, Peter and Peleg.

Squib, Betsy, 1788 - 1853

Born circa. 1788  Betsy Squib was a longtime member of the Mashantucket community and frequent signatory on tribal petitions.  Betsy Squib appears consistently in the records of the state appointed overseer of the Mashantucket or Western Pequot Tribe as receiving goods and services from 1820 until 1853.  

Wait, Caesar

Caesar Wait resided in New London around 1798.  He and his wife, Betsy Squib, a Mashantucket Pequot woman, had at least two children, Anna (bc. 1821) and James (bc. 1823).  Their union would not last, however, as Betsy made a formal charge of ill-treatment against Caesar in 1825.  Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 419. 

Jackson, George, 1812 -

George Jackson, the son of James Jackson and Elsie Prince of Groton, Connecticut, was employed in his early life as a whaler.  In 1832, he bought a tract of land in Groton from Peter Avery II.  Two years later, he married Elizabeth Limas but unsuccessfully filed for divorce in 1840.  In that year, the Groton census found that his household was comprised of four people: George, who was working as a farmhand, Elizabeth, and two boys under ten years old.  

Spragg, Thomas

Commander of the ship, The Sampson, Captain Thomas Spragg had connections at the highest levels along the northeastern Atlantic coast of America, from the Carolinas to New England.  He was responsible for transporting a number of New England Indians out of the colonies to Cadiz as slaves in late 1675.  Among his nearly 200 captives were eighty Indians from Plymouth Colony who were captured by Samuel Mosely and forty-five taken by the Mohegans.  Included in the number were Wampanoags who surrendered at Dartmouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts. L.H.