The three following epitaphs are copied from the tombstones of representative men of of Native American tribes of New England.
At Oldtown, Maine, over the body of Orono, chief of the Penobscots, who died at the age of 113, in 1801, a tombstone bears the following:
- Safe lodged within his blanket, here below,
- Lie the last relics of old Orono;
- Worn down with toil and care, he in a trice
- Exchanged his wigwam for a paradise.
In the Mohegan Burial ground, near Norwich, is the following:
- Here lies the body of Sunseeto,
- Own son to Uncas, grandson to Oneeko,
- Who were the famous sachems of Moheagan,
- But now they are all dead, I think it is werheegen,*
*All well, or good new
- Samuel Uncas. For Beauty, wit, for Sterling sense,
- For temper mild, For Eloquence,
- For Courage Bold, for things wauregan,
- He was the Glory of Moheagon —
- Whose death has Caused great lamentation
- Both to ye English and ye Indian Nation.