Drammacho Mongy – Chickahominy Chief

In James City County, Va., in the Acts of Assembly, we find what may be the first instance of an Indian chief with a surname in the colonial records.

Drammacho Mongy, chief Ruler of the Chickahominy, petitioned that lands in Pamunkey Neck should, by the Articles of Peace May 1677, belong to them. Any sales they had should be confirmed. The Committee rejected the claim on the grounds that only land “within 3 miles of the Indian Town was Indian property.” Sales made by them are thus null & void, except in cases for lands they hold by his Majesties’ subjects by exchange and confirmed.

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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