Hannet, Bathsheba , 1755 -
Bathsheba Hannet was born circa 1755, the daughter of Samuel and Bathsheba Hannet from the Christiantown Indian community on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. As a young woman her intention to marry Herring Pond Indian Obediah Wicket was recorded in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 10, 1777. Approximately 6 months later, on June 8, 1778, she and Obediah were married.
Two days after the marriage, in the neighboring Town of Sandwich, Obediah enlisted in the army, serving, off and on, over a period of 2 ½ years . Thus, Bathsheba became one of many Herring Pond and Mashpee women whose husbands and, by extension, whose families, would sacrifice for the cause of liberty in the War of Independence.
It is unclear if the young couple had any children prior to Obediah’s final mustering out in January of 1781, butBathsheba and her husband eventually had several children over the years. Presumably, the Bathsheba Wicket, Jr. that married Simon Valentine in 1804 was one of these children.
Within the Herring Pond community, Bathsheba Wicket was involved in a number of political matters, signing or affixing her mark, together with that of her husband and others from Herring Pond and the nearby Mashpee community, to petitions to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1783, 1804, and 1807. Chief among the tribe’s concerns were the diminution of their land base and regulations regarding their governance.
At some point during these post war years, tragedy struck the household of Obediah and Bathsheba Wicket, when a fire broke out, consuming the couple’s home and killing two of their children. According to her husband this event “destroyed” him and soon after he and the family sought support from the County of Plymouth.
From 1802 to 1815, the Wicket family were provided supplies by the Guardians of the Herring Pond community. The pension payments that Obediah received in 1818 for his military service years earlier, was likely a boon to the family economy. Unfortunately, it was short lived, as Obediah died June 13, 1819. He was away from home and was buried in Leeds, Maine.
Bathsheba Wicket was enumerated a year later in a census of Plymouth as living alone, the head of household, age 45 years old or older.
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