Monthly Archives: March 2015

Nathaniel Bezzelle, Bissell, Indian

On the Norfolk County, Virginia, Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes in 1851, Nathan Bissell, is listed as #1629, 23 years, 5 ft 4 inches, Indian complexion, Indian descent, April 22, 1851. In the 1860 Census of Norfolk County, Virginia, … Continue reading

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Pamunkey Petition 1893

From “Pamunkey Indians of Virginia” (1894), John G. Pollard (Online): Transcription: The Pamunkey, as a tribe, are neither handsome nor homely, long nor short, stout nor slim, in fact they differ among themselves in these respects to the same … Continue reading

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Dighton Rock and Miguel Corte-Real

Photograph of Dighton Rock taken in 1893. The Dighton Rock, found in the riverbed of the Taunton River in current Berkley, Massachsetts, formerly part of the town of Dighton, has been an interesting controversy since 1912 when Edmund Delabarre, a Brown University … Continue reading

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Certain Aboriginal Mounds of the Georgia Coast

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Indian Slaves, New Kent County, VA 1722-1726

St. Peter’s Parish was located in New Kent County, Virginia.  Parish records exist from 1680-1787 and in those records, three Indians were mentioned. Page 52 – Indian Will a slave belonging to Mr. Ebener Adams dyed October 18, 1723 Page … Continue reading

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New Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup, A4, Discovered

The genetic community continues to learn more about the genesis of our Native ancestors.  A couple of years ago, I suspected that a maternal DNA haplogroup, or clan, that had previously been designated as Asian was found both in European … Continue reading

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Chiskoyack Indians of Goucester County, VA

A reader sent these two images of a 1655 transaction in Goucester Co. VA – one of which is transcribed.  Interestingly, I have never run across this tribe or the reference to the Chiskoyack before. Hat tip to Tommy for this information.

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