Monthly Archives: March 2012

Deserters and the Revolutionary War

Deserter.  Not a word we want to see beside the name of our ancestor.  But desertion meant something a little different then than it does now.  Most of the time, desertion was not to the enemy side.  Most men just went home … Continue reading

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Ne-Do-Ba – Gwilodwogan (Wabanaki People)

Did you get that?  Not a word huh.  Well, that’s because it’s not English.  Nancy LeCompte, the Research and Education Director for the Ne-Do-Ba contacted me and shared her wonderful blog.  the Ne-Do-Ba are Wabanaki people.  Wabanaki translates loosely as “Dawnland,” meaning … Continue reading

Posted in Abenaki, Canada, Maine, Maliseet, Micmac, New Hampshire, New York, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Treaty, Vermont, Wabanaki | 3 Comments

White Deer – Ghosts of the Forests

White deer are near and dear to my heart.  In Michigan, deer are everywhere.  There has been a population explosion in the past 20 to 30 years.  About 10 years ago, I nearly wrecked my car about two miles away … Continue reading

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Bet Ya Can’t Pick Just One….Name that is

Oh, my head hurts.  I’m busy transcribing away, working on the Massachusetts Indians who served in the Revolutionary War.  And then I find Joseph Nicholas Hawwawas. A long time ago, I learned that when I look at a record and … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Indians in the Revolutionary War

Each state in the DAR Forgotten Patriot’s book is arranged separately.  Quite a bit of history of both African and Native Americans relative to the war is given.  About 1700 total people of color were found to have served out … Continue reading

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Maine Indians and the Revolutionary War

I’m working my way through the DAR’s wonderful resource, Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriot in the Revolutionary War.  These names of course are all going on the Native Names document.  The DAR has separated their research into … Continue reading

Posted in Canawango, Maine, Maliseet, Micmac, Mohawk, Passamoquoddy, Penobscot, St. John's Indians | 4 Comments

New York Indian Reservations

How things change in a little under 100 years.  In the WWI draft, literally hundreds of men were registered on New York’s Indian reservations, with more registered off of the reservation, but within the county.  Likely a result of a … Continue reading

Posted in Iroquois, Mohawk, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Poospatuck, Seneca, Shinnecock, Tuscarora | 38 Comments

Photos of the Dakota Territory

These photographs of the old Dakota Territory are fascinating.  I’m not sure where these pictures originally came from.  In many ways, they look like the Edward Curtis photos that were taken between 1885 and 1930, but some appear to have been taken … Continue reading

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Caribbean Indians Admixture at Jamestown

The earliest Jamestown records are very interesting. In the October 1627 court minutes, we find the following commentary: Capt. Sampson had brought into the colony some Indians from the Carib Islands, who have since run away, hid in the woods, … Continue reading

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Plunder of the Chickahominy

When we think of plunder, it’s often in the context of Indians raiding English homesteads and villages. We think of the settlers as having valuables and livestock to plunder, and the Indians having little.  But that wasn’t always the case, as we can see … Continue reading

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