Elizabeth Corey (Gassesett) (c.1660 - 1713) MP

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Nicknames: "Minnetinka", "Elizabeth Cory", "Elizabeth Coray", "Elizabeth Corrie"
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Birthplace: Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Death: Died in North Kingstown, Providence Plantations County (Present Washington County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Occupation: Indian Princess
Managed by: Jason Peter Herbert
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About Elizabeth Corey (Gassesett)

In 19th century vernacular, she was called an "Indian Princess." The term Indian princess is the white man's terminology usually denoting the daughter of a chief. It was not a native recognized term.

Minnotinka's mother died when Minnotinka was very young. When her father was killed it is reported that she was adopted/raised/educated by a Quaker family. Edwin Frances Corey states that a newspaper article he read stated that her name was 'Minnetan koo'. It was not unusual for Europeons to place a more 'acceptable' name upon their Indian wives, etc. Hence 'Elizabeth'.

Source: Dr. Ella W. T. Sekatau P.O. box 224, Kenyon, R.I. ~ Tribe Genealogist

           Cory Family Society  http://coryfamsoc.com/newsletters/Vol_15/Vol_15-2.pdf

History on her father

k Chief Sachem of the Turtle Clan Name: Mohawk Chief Sachem of the Turtle CLAN Sex: M Note: A sachem was a leader in the tribe, chosen from each clan to represent the Mohawk nation in the League of Five Nations which constituted the Iroquois. The beginning of the League is thought to be near the late 1500's. The first meeting was said to be held at Onondaga. The legendary founder of the league were Hiawatha and Daganoweda. This chief may have been one of the very first Sachems if that is true. The title Sachem means Counselors of the People. Three Mohawk Sachems were chosen from each of the three matricians of the clans, Turtle, Bear and Wolf. They formed the Council of the League which had legislative, executive and judicial power over the combined tribes. They were required to reflect their constituency and not according to their own personal feelings. Name: Mohawk Chief Sachem of the Turtle CLAN Sex: M

Note: A sachem was a leader in the tribe, chosen from each clan to represent the Mohawk nation in the League of Five Nations which constituted the Iroquois. The beginning of the League is thought to be near the late 1500's. The first meeting was said to be held at Onondaga. The legendary founder of the league were Hiawatha and Daganoweda. This chief may have been one of the very first Sachems if that is true. The title Sachem means Counselors of the People. Three Mohawk Sachems were chosen from each of the three matricians of the clans, Turtle, Bear and Wolf. They formed the Council of the League which had legislative, executive and judicial power over the combined tribes. They were required to reflect their constituency and not according to their own personal feelings.

FORMATION OF THE TURTLE CLAN: The Formation of the Turtle Clan was told as a story about mud turtles in a small lake or pond. During an especially dry summer, the pool dried up. The turtles then had to walk to find a new source of water. One rather plump turtle had difficulty making this trip, since he was not used to exercising. The sun blistered his shell until the heat penetrated and blistered his shoulders. His pain caused him to throw off his shell. Now without his shell he was unprotected from the elements. He had to find shelter and make many changes in his life. He went through many transformations and eventually became a man. This man was said to be the progenitor of the Turtle Clan (Smith, E.A., Myths of the Iroquois.An Iroqrafts Publication, reprinted by I.P.A.C.S. Ltd of Oshweken, Ontario, Canada.).

The Turtle Clan (A'no':wara) is one of the principal clans of the Mohawks. Turtle symbolizes our entire Earth, and therefore is associated with respect of the Earth and Earth Elements. Approximately two-thirds of the earth's surface is covered with water, most of it in the form of vast salty oceans and seas. Even the continents have masses of freshwater lakes, marshes and rivers. Animal life is thought to have originated in the sea and many of the world's simplest and beautiful forms still exist in this environment (Burton). The North American Continent is called "Turtle Island" in Native American mythology and legend. The world of the USA aboriginals lived on the back of the Turtle, much like Atlas was thought to have supported the world on his shoulders. Turtle Clan members are the examiners of the state of things within the tribal unit. They take issues to theWolf Clan first and the Bear Clan second, only after the turtle sachems and wolf sachems have discussed a matter fully. Bear then studies the Geat Laws and decide if the issue can be solved. Turtle teaches us to be patient with others, and to never give up on an issue worth fighting for. The Turtle clan is strong, wise and is well-respected. Turtles are more ancient than any other vertebrate animal. Turtles carry their home on their backs. The shell is their backbone and ribs. Turtles are omnivorous. They eat insects, plants, fish, amphibians, and even small mammals on occasion. Turtle symbolizes peace of mind. Turtles have slow metabolisms and teach us to slow down. Turtle Clan members perform best in calm, ordinary and normal day to day activities. They do not like surprises. Turtle Clan people tend to withdraw themselves from others making it difficult to really get to know them. They are moody and tend to shy away from anything new. (Porter, Tom, Clanology. North American Indian Travelling College, 1993) The Turtle Clan is an earth clan. Turtle reminds us to care for, protect, and nurture Mother Earth. Earth people are said to be stable and constant in their opinions, ideals, and ideas. They are dependable and loyal, but with a tendency to become too rigid or stubborn. Turtles can live on both the earth and in water. Thus Turtle Clan members are reputed to be very adaptable to life's traumas.

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Elizabeth Gasesett, Narrangansett Chief's Daughter's Timeline

1660
1660
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1678
September, 1678
Age 18
RI
1679
1679
Age 19
Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
1682
1682
Age 22
1684
January 1, 1684
Age 24
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1688
September, 1688
Age 28
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1690
1690
Age 30
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1691
September 20, 1691
Age 31
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1692
1692
Age 32
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
1692
Age 32
Portsmouth,Newport,Rhode Island,USA