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Tombstone Tuesday: Three Native American epitaphs from New England

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

An old stone, in a cemetery at Norwich, Conn., to the memory of the noted chief, Uncas, has the following Epitaph:

  • 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.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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