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CHAPTER V. GENEALOGY

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1. MASSASOIT (1), alias Asamequin, or Osamequin, chief of the Wampanoag tribe of Indians at the time of the landing of the English at Plymouth, had children as follows:

2. WAMSUTTA (2), b. at date unknown; m. Namumpum, alias Tatapanum, alias Weetamoo, and sometimes called the Squaw Sachem of Pocasset. Wamsutta appears to have first received the name of Moonanam, which was changed in or about 1641 to Wamsutta; and a few years later he accepted from the English the name of Alexander. He d. in 1662. His wife, thus made a widow, contracted a second marriage with an Indian named Petonowowett; and as he took part with theEnglish in King Philip’s war, she left him and became the wife of a Narraganset Sachem named Quinapin whom the English put to death at Newport, R.I., Aug. 6, 1676. Her remains drifted on shore in the town of Swansea. (See pages 37 to 51 and 152).

3. METACOM (2), alias Pometacom, who accepted from the English the name of Philip, but now better known in history as KING PHILIP. The date of his birth is unknown. He m. Wootonekanuske, a sister of Weetamoo. What I have been able to glean of the personal histories of both, appears in former pages of this book. He was killed in battle near Mount Hope, in what is now the township of Bristol, R.I., Aug. 12, 1676. He had a son whose name at this time cannot be certainly ascertained. This son, while yet a child, was captured by the English and sold into slavery. [211]

4. SONKANUHOO (2), who was perhaps identical with the brother of King Philip said to have been slain at the fight in a swamp in Pocasset (afterwards Tiverton), July 18, 1675. (See page 102).

5. A DAUGHTER (2), whose name is to me unknown. She is said to have been captured by the English, July 31, 1676. (See page 151).

6. AMIE (2), m. Tuspaquin, the Black Sachem.

6. AMIE (2) (Massasoit -1), daughter of Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags, was born at a date unknown. She became the wife of the Black Sachem, so called, the chief of the Assawamset Indians. His name appears in history as Tuspaquin, and also as Watuspaquin. He followed the fortunes of his brother-in-law Philip, was captured by the English and put to death at Plymouth some time in September, 1676. (See p. 200.)

TUSPAQUIN and wife AMIE (2) had children as follows:

7. WILLIAM (3), was so called by the English, though his Indian name was Mantowapuct. He joined in the deeds of conveyance of lands under dates of July 17, 1669, June 10, 1670, June 30, 1672, May 14, 1675. Manotwapuct alias William Tuspaquin, with Assaweta, Tobias and Bewat, for L10, sold to three English people at Barnstable a tract of land bounded on Quetaquash Pond, northerly of Quetaquash River and easterly of Suepetnitt Pond. He also joined his father in a deed of land to an Indian named Felix, a son-in-law of John Sassamon. That deed was dated March 11, 1673 (O.S.). So far as I can learn, he never married. It is thought he lost his life in King Philip’s war, as he was alive up to May 14, 1675, and no mention is made of him after that date.

8. BENJAMIN (3), m. Weecum. [212]

8. BENJAMIN TUSPAQUIN (3) (Amie -2, Massasoit -1), son of Tuspaquin, was born at a date unknown at the present time. He was somewhat distinguished as a warrior, and had a piece of his jaw shot off in battle. He married an Indian named Weecum. He died suddenly, while sitting in his wigwam, having just before complained of feeling faint. He served the English in Capt. James Church’s company. *(V-1)

BENJAMIN TUSPAQUIN (3) and wife WEECUM had children as follows:

9. ESTHER (4), b. at date unknown; m. Tobias Sampson; they had no children. Tobias Sampson was what was called "a praying Indian," and used to preach at his house in what was then South Freetown, but now East Fall River; by which his house acquired the name of the "Indian College" - or at least such is the tradition.

10. HANNAH (4), m. an Indian named Quam, and had two children: i. HOPE (5), never m.; she taught school at what is called Indian Town in Fall River. ii. JOHN (5), never m.; he was lost at sea. (Tradition).

11. MARY (4), m. Isaac Sissel *(V-2), and had three children: [213] MERCY (5), MARY (5), and ARBELLA (5). Two of the children died in infancy. (Tradition).

12. BENJAMIN (4), m. Mercy Felix, of Middleborough, that part now Lakeville.

12. BENJAMIN TUSPAQUIN (4) and wife MERCY FELIX had one child:

13. LYDIA (5), m. Wamsley. He went to sea and never returned.

NOTE: - Mercy Felix, who became the wife of Benjamin Tuspaquin [No. 12], was a daughter of John Sassamon, alias Wassasamon. The Indian Felix received from the Sachem Tuspaquin, and his son William Tuspaquin, a deed of 58 ˝ acres of land, as "a home lott," March 11, 1673, O.S. That land is in what is now the town of Lakeville. The chief, Tuspaquin, and his son William Tuspaquin, by deed without a date, save that of the year 1673, conveyed to John Sassamon, alias Wassasamon, "27 acrees of land for a home lot at Assowamsett necke," which land Sassamon not long after in writing conveyed to his son-in-law Felix, the husband of his daughter Assowetough. Under date of Dec. 23, 1673, Tuspaquin, with his son William Tuspaquin, "with the consent of all the chieffe men of Assowamsett," conveyed by deed of gift to Assowetough, daughter of John Sassamon, a neck of land at Assowamset, called Nahteawamet, bounded by Mashquomoh swamp, Sasonkususett pond, and a large pond called Chupipoggut. In 1679, Governor Winslow, of the Plymouth Colony, ordered "that all such lands as were formerly John Sassamon’s in our collonie, shal be settled on [214] Felix his son-in-law," and to remain his and his heirs forever. The Indian, Felix, died before Assowetough, the wife, and she, in a will made in 1696, gave her lands to her daughter Mercy Felix, the wife of Benjamin Tuspaquin [No. 12]. Thus we see that Benjamin Tuspaquin [No. 12], a great-grandson of the chieftain Massasoit, married Mercy Felix, a granddaughter of John Sassamon, and thus the lands granted to John Sassamon and to his daughter Assowetough, and to her husband Felix, came into the possession and ownership of the Tuspaquin family. As Assowetough the daughter of John Sassamon received from the English the name of Betty, her lands thus came to be called, and are still known as "Betty’s Neck." Esther Sampson, Hannah Quam and Mary Sissel were quite indignant at this act of their brother Benjamin Tuspaquin, viz., marrying a granddaughter of John Sassamon, whom they regarded as the prime betrayer of the cause of their countrymen and People in the struggle still known as King Philip’s war; a conflict in which their grandfather, the Black Sachem Tuspaquin, had laid down his life, their great uncle Philip had lost his kingdom and life, and the hopes of the red men had perished. And the strong dislike of these Indian women did not end with the person of their brother’s wife, but was entertained also against their brother’s daughter, Lydia Tuspaquin, the wife of the Indian Wamsley and grandmother of Mrs. Zerviah Gould Mitchell, the publisher of this book. Another objection to the wife of Benjamin Tuspaquin, entertained by his sisters, doubtless was that the Indian Felix, in King Philip’s war, had taken part with and fought for the English. In the war with the Pequots, waged in 1637, an Indian named "Sosomon" assisted the English, and as the men of the Pequot tribe were then nearly all slain, the women and children were appropriated by the victors and sold as slaves. Capt. Israel Stoughton wrote to the Governor of Massachusetts: "By this pinnace you shall receive 48 or 50 women and children unless there stay any here to be helpful. Concerning which there is one, I formerly mentioned, that is the fairest and largest that I saw amongst them, to whom I have given a coat to cloathe her. It is my desire to have her for a servant if it may stand with your good liking - else not. There is a little squaw that Steward Culacut desireth, to [215] whom I have given a coat. Lieut. Davenport also desireth one, to wit, a small one etc. Sosomon the Indian desireth a young little squaw, which I know not."

 

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