Excerpts from Spiess Journal, Page 175
and mother of fear and the Indians were no exception to this rule, as all Europeans up to late years were mental slaves to ignorance and superstition. Mrs. Henry often quoted her mother and grandmother about ghosts that appeared in the form of lights, at night. These ghosts or spirits, we know, are the will-o-the-wisp-phosphorus gases rising out of the marshes. These they called Gacketchunk and would appear on dark nights. Her grandmother, when a young girl, had gone with several other girls to a party and returned late at night. Suddenly, a Gacketchunk appeared. One Indian girl encouraged the others to stand still and strike at it. When they did so, "a whole army of them appeared," and all ran as fast as they could. They reached a hill, stopped to breathe, and saw "thousands" of them in the distance. They continued to walk, when suddenly "some of them (perhaps others) appeared in front of them. Old Charlotte did not remember how the girls finally got home.
Another kind of ghost they called (phonetic sound) Muckies, which never grew taller than about three feet -- dwarfs. And giants lived in the mountains which they called Gunchee-skidumbacks. These lived on human flesh. It reminds one of Jack the Giant killer) and would capture Indians and carry them off. Perhaps this is based on stories relating to the Mohawks, who, at times, would attack Connecticut Indians. The name Mohawk is derived from Moho, to eat; -og, men, i.e., men-eaters.
A volume could be written of the stories about witches which they called Matchsquaw, perhaps derived from matchi (evil), squaw (woman). They are too childish to repeat. Not all were