Testimonies regarding John Griffin's Rights at Massacoe

Testimony of Thomas Bancroft
 
Thomas Bancroft, aged 36 years or thereabouts, testifieth on oath that when he and his brother John Griffin were at Massacoe, they went a hunting for moose and, being at a hunting wigwam, they met with Mamanto, who desired liberty of my brother Griffin to plant at Weatauge meadow.  My brother gave him liberty, and the said Mamanto did then acknowledge John Griffin to be the true owner of all the lands of Massacoe, and, upon that account, he desired liberty to plant in the meadow of Weatauge.  He further testifieth that he heard Pawmattaquam at Massacoe say that John Griffin was now the sachem of Massacoe and the Indians had no rights to any of those lands whom to Tunxis bounds for they had wholly made over their right to John Griffin and farther sayeth not.  Taken upon oath, March 11, 1661/62 in Hartford memorandum.  Pawmattaquam excepted two acres.  This was taken upon oath before me, Matthew Allyn, March 1662                                
 
Testimony of Josiah Hull
 
Josiah Hull testifieth not long after the land was passed over to John Griffin, I heard Mamanto say he had leave of John to plant in some of that land and that John Griffin was his landlord.
 
The Deposition of John Griffin, March 14, 1661/62
 
This deponent saith that, having an old Indian[1] delivered by this court to me that had done me [2] damage in tar and candlewood by burning it[3] and having him in possession, the Indians, the proprietors of Massacoe, came together and made tender of all the lands in Massacoe for the redemption of the Indian out of my hands, being they were not able to make good their payment of five hundred fathom of wampum for satisfaction, and they declared that all the land from the foot of the hills on both sides of the river up to the brook that is now called Nod meadow[4] they would make out to me, and those three Indians that all the Indians which were present to the number of twenty and upwards did own and declare that they were the true owners of all the lands [ crossout ].  I say those three Indians did declare that they did make over all the land to the aforesaid brook, and they told me that thither Tunxis came and Mamanto came afterwards to me and desired me to grant him liberty to plant two or three acres in Weatauge meadow.
 
Testimony of Thomas Allyn
Thomas Allyn testifies that I was present at my father's house when the Indians came together to redeem the old Indian from John Griffin, and I heard Mamanto, the old Captain Mamoquequam, and several others that was present declare that they made over all their rights, and there were no more that owned lands there.
 
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Copied from the red book called the second book or the Simsbury town records
 

[1] Mannahanoose
[2] Deleted Text: much
[3] Mannahanoose, an aged Indian man living at Massacoe or Pequannock set a fire that destroyed a large amount of Griffin's stores of candlewood and tar.  Mannahanoose was arrested, tried, found guilty, and required to pay damages of 500 fathom of wampum.  Unable to pay such a fine, the old man was ordered to serve as a slave in Griffin's household or be shipped out to colonial or international bondage, "as the cause will justly beare."  In lieu of the financial penalty, a number of Mannahanoose's friends sold their land rights at Massacoe to Griffin as restitution.  Barber, A Record and Documentary History of Simsbury, 19.
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