Notes from a Conversation with a Tunxis Woman

There was a Schaghticoke in Kent – Skauhtacook                     
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October 10, 1761.  Passing from New Haven to North Haven, I overtook a Farmington squaw[1] and entering into some talk with her, she told me there now were but three men and six married women Indians in Farmington.  I asked who was their sachem.  She said Mr. Pitkin[2] was their sángum, g being pronounced as in genesis or generation or gentleman.  Sangum or sanchumSaunchum – if Saŭn be accented short and not long.
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Cataloguing:    408

[1] Several Quinnpiac community members removed to Farmington’s Tunxis tribe after the breakup of the Quinnipiac reservation land base.
[2] Stiles’ Tunxis informant was extending the title of sachem, normally reserved for Native leaders to a Connecticut government-appointed agent. Reverend Timothy Pitkin was the pastor of Farmington’s First Congregational Church and served as minister and overseer to the Tunxis Indian Community.