Tabhow

The son of Ponus, Tabhow was a Poquonnock leader who had land rights at Tunxis and at Mattatuck.  He may have been a spiritual leader of his people, since, according to Roger Williams, the name Taupow means “wise man or priest.”  His marriage into a prominent Ramapo Valley family propelled him to become a significant leader among the Munsee in the northern border between New York and New Jersey.  Tabhow had a least two sons, Taphow (the younger) and Quatowquechuck.  He also was the uncle to Katonah, a Lenape Sachem.
 
His name first appears in records in 1667 when he confirmed land conveyances in Stanford, Connecticut.  Seven years later, he was among those supporters of Nesahegan, the sachem of Pequonnock, selling near Waterbury.  In 1684 Taphow and others sold more land near Waterbury.  But by 1694, he was dealing with land along the Passaic River and seven years later was known as "sakemau and commander in chief of all those Indians inhabiting southern New Jersey."  According to Grumet, Taphow may have been the recently deceased leader identified in 1720 as the husband of Chicken's sister.
 
Robert Grumet,”Taphow: The Forgotten ‘Sakemau an Commander in Chief of All Those Indians Inhabiting Northern New Jersey,’” Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, 43 (1998): 23-38.  Williams, Key to the Language, 128. Robert S. Grumet, The Munsee Indians: A History (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).  
Alias(es)
Taphow
Born: 
Before 1647
Died: 
After 1702