Petition of the Selectmen of Carver to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Summary: 
A request of the guardians of the Indian land in Carver, Massachusetts for leave to sell part of said land
Location: 
Place written: 

Carver, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Indigenous Name:  Mohootset
Territorial Homeland:  Wampanaog
Associated Tribal Affiliations: Herring Pond

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In 1660, English colonists settled the western portion of Plymouth, Massachusetts, an area that would become Plymton, then Carver, Massachusetts.   

Native Place Names

  • * Annasnapet is an area in the northeastern section of town.  Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 269.
  • * Cadohunset (“at the boundary”?) is a brook near Tippieunnicut that acted as a boundary line in a deed from Tispaquin to James Cole and John Richard from.  Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 43.
  • * “Indian Brook” is a brook that finds its source in Indian Swamp, running southerly and is fed by another brook running from near the southwesterly point of Sampson’s pond.  Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 4, 17.
  • * Mohooset (“the place of the owl”) is a pond in the northwest corner of Carver.  As Mahutchet (presently known as Rocky Meadow) in Middleborough near the Carver line, it acted as a boundary in the South Purchase.  Douglas-Lithgow, Indian Place and Proper Names of New England, 31.  Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 45. Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17. 
  • * Namassakeeset/Mattakeeset (“at the small fishing place”) is an area about Duxbury including also Pembroke and Carver.  It represents all the land lying between the path and the ponds between Namassakesset and Indian Head River. Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 29.
  • * “Pokanet Field,” was located near the river, westerly from the residence of E.E. Shaw (in 1916), named for a local Indian resident.  Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 269.
  • * Quittiquas (“the island place” “surrounded by swamps”) is an area in West Carver. Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17, 269.
  • * “Sampson’s Pond” is a body of water in the South Carver section of the town, southwest of Dunham Pond.  Named for a local sachem, for whom a two hundred acres reservation was made in 1705, the community had the privilege of “fishing and hunting, making tar and turpentine, and cutting poles and bark in the undivided cedar swamps.”  On its south side, lived the Native family of Samuel and Dorothy Sonnett.   Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17.  Elias Nason, A Gazetteer if the State of Massachusetts (Boston, MA: B. B. Russell, 1874),145.
  • * Sowhanohke (“the South land”). Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17.
  • * Tihonet is a pond near the boundary line of Wareham, Plymouth, and Carver, Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 56.
  • * Tusconnanset (“ a wading place”) was an area located on South Meadow Brook in Carver, not very far from Wenham.  It was mentioned as boundary in the South Purchase from Tuspaquin, January 23, 1763. Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 57-58.
  • * Wankinquoak (“crooked place at the river”) is a brook between Plymouth and Carver forming part of the boundary line between the two towns.  It is also he name of a bog or cedar swamp at the head of the river near Carver. Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 36.  Douglas-Lithgow, Indian Place and Proper Names of New England, 78.  Also spelled Wankinco, Wonkinco, Wankinquog.
  • * Weweantic (“a wandering stream”) is a river forming part of the boundary line between Middleborough, and Carver and flows through Wareham.   Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17.  Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 59.  Also spelled Weweantitt, Wawayontat, Weweantet, Weweantic.
  • * “Wigwam Swamp.” Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17.
  • * Winatuxett is a river that runs through Halifax, Plympton, and Carver, its source being the Six Mile Brook at Muddy Pond in the north section of Carver.  Kinnicut, Indian Place Names in Plymouth, 60. Griffith, History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, 17.  Also spelled Winnatucksett, Winnytucktuett.