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Indian Lives and Anecdotes ca. 1886 - 1941 part 11 (ms158_b3f003_011.02.pdf)

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Was the Name of the Island Which the Penobscots Sold - It is Now Oldtown.

We were shown last week the copy of a very ancient deed from the Penobscot tribe of Indians to John Marsh, Jr., in which it appears that in July 1793, a committee of said tribe, consisting of Joseph Poor McMann, Sockabeema, and Joseph Pischu, conveys to said Marsh, a certain parcel of land called A-num-sunk-hun-gun Island, in consideration of thirty bushels of good Indian corn, to be delivered in the presence of one Jere Colburn. This island, for which this fabulous sum was paid, was none other than Marsh Island, where Oldtown now stands, and which in territory comprises about one-sixth of Orono, or the portion known as the island side, and about one-fourth of the territory of Oldtown, including the entire village; also the island side of Upper Stillwater and Greatworks, as well as that part of Orono known as Webster. On the fifth and twelfth days of the following October, a council of chiefs was held at the house of Robert Treat, Esq., to ratify the sale, which was done with great formality after due deliberation, and the chiefs each affixed to his name, which was written by another, his peculiar mark. The witnesses were Robert Treat, Jere Colburn and Z. Marsh. The chiefs were Orono, the blue-eyed chief for whom Orono is named, Esquire Ausing, Non-o-wau gus'tt and Socktomah. Many of the lineal descendants of John Marsh and Jere Colburn still live in Orono, where some members of Mr. Colburn's family spent a part of the year 1774.

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Hon. Joseph Necolar, His mother was Mary Malt dau. of old Gov. John Neptune. Capt Swasin (One hand) Neptune was a brother to Mary Malt, says Clara Neptune. Joe Necola married Elizabeth (Franceway?) [one struck through] Joseph of Olamon from Canada, half French. It was her [one underlined] sister, Louisa Franceway who used to tell stories to Miss Abby Alger. _______ Clara Neptune Says that Mary Cecil, Elizabeth & Tomeekin were sisters who lived on Sugar Island. They had 2 cows, chickens, corn, beans, turnips, large house. Mary Cecil was her grandmother. She was brought up there on Sugar Island. See p.12

Necolas. [underlined] Clara says there were 1. Joe (d. a baby) 2 Peter 3. Mitchel, 4 Sebattis, 5 Joe (again.)

For a list of Indian Islands & Shore rents belonging to Penobscot tribe see vol. on Woodcraft.

Joseph Necolar - Son of Tomer Necola, b. 1827, mother - Neptune, "His grandfather one of the few who escaped at Norridgewock." Went to school in Rockland, Warren, Bremen, Oldtown; mar. 1866 to Elizabeth Joseph dau. of Sebattis Joseph of Olamon. Ch[ildren] Clare, Lucy (and later Florence m. Shay) - Hist of Penobscot Co.

Description: Pages from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm's notebook 10 (X)

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Language: English

Date: ca. 1886 - 1941

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