Unknown Indian

It strikes me as odd that we don’t know the name of this man.  He fought for our freedom in the Revolutionary War, but couldn’t honor him if we wanted to…because we don’t know his name.  He is recorded simply as the indented Indian servant of Simeon Chittenden.  We know he lived in Guilford, Connecticut. 

The thing that strikes me as odd here is the word “indented,” which of course means indentured.  Indentures were generally for a period of years, usually but not always 7, and often as head-rights, but seldom do we see Indians indentured.  They are much more likely “slaves for life” or bound out as a child perhaps to learn a trade, which is not exactly the same thing as an indentured servant.  This wording makes me wonder if Indian in this case means Indian from India.  Perhaps the court records of the county where Simeon Chittenen lived would solve the mystery.

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About Roberta Estes

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