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Nopee Hyanno (No-Pee)

Also Known As: "Mary (Little Dove ) Hyanno"
Birthdate: (24)
Birthplace: Present Massachusetts
Death: 1624 (24)
(Present Barnstable County), Nauset Country (Present Massachusetts)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sachem Noh Tooh Saet and No Took Seet [Seiit]
Wife of Chief John Hyanno
Mother of John Hyanno; Mary "Little Dove" Bearse (Hyanno); Sarah Hyannough; Manatatomusk Hyannough; <private> Hyannough (Hyanno) and 1 other

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About Mary No-Pee, Indian Princess

Mary Hyanno, Wampanoag

Mary Hyanno, known as "Litttle Dove", is said to have married early Plymouth settler Augustine Bearse. Mary was the daughter of John Hyanno, who was born in 1595 at the Mattachee Village at what is now Barnstable, Massachusetts, and Mary No-Pee, who was born at Gays Head on Martha's Vineyard and was the daughter of No-Took-Seet. John was the son of Iyannough, the sachem of the Mattachee village of Wampanoags of Cape Cod, and Princess Canonicus. He died after 1680 on Cape Cod. Princess Canonicus was the daughter of Canochet (Chief) Canonicus and Posh-Pw. Canochet Canonicus was the son of Wessonsuoum and Keshechoo. Wessonsuoum was the son of Chief Tashtassuck, who was born before 1520.

Mary Hyanno is said to have been of fair complexion and red hair. The Wampanoags were often referred to as "white Indians" due to their light skin and are thought by some to have descended from Viking explorers. This assertion is very controversial. There indeed was an Iyannough, and Hyannis, Massachusetts is named for him.

The Bearse/Hyanno marriage entered the written record via a document filed in the 1930's by Franklin Ele-watum Bearse, a Scaticoke and Eastern Indian, in an attempt to obtain benefits as an Indian from the State of Connecticut. Mr. Bearse's claims are analyzed in a article by Jacobus entitled "Austin Bearse and His Alleged Indian Connectionis" in THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST published about 1936. Mr. Jacobus does not accept the Franklin Bearse story and endeavored to disprove it. However, family traditions of the Hyanno marriage exist to this day in other branches of the Bearse family. These traditions do not appear to have been derived from Franklin Bearse.

T The Wampanoag Indians

•ID: I14049

  • Name: Mary NO-PEE
  • Given Name: Mary
  • Surname: NO-PEE
  • Sex: F
  • Change Date: 13 MAY 2009 1
  • Birth: 1597 in Gay Head, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: in Cape Cod, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
  • Father: Mr. NO-TOOK-SEET b: ABT 1575 in Of Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
  • Mother: Mrs. NO-TOOK-SEET b: ABT 1574 in Gay Head, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage 1 John HYANNO b: 1595 in Mattachee Vil, Barnstable, Ma

  • Married: ABT 1620 in , Maine
  • Sealing Spouse: 11 MAR 1997 in SDIEG 2


  • 1. John HYANNO b: ABT 1620 in Cummaquid, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2. Mary(Princess Little Dove)(Motechina of the Mohegan Tribe) HYANNO b: 12 APR 1623 in Cummaquid, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA c: 7 AUG 1650 in Cape Cod, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA


1.Abbrev: Ancestral File (R)

  • Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998/i>/i>. Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.
  • Repository: Name: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
  • Repository: Name: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street

2.Abbrev: Ordinance Index (TM)

  • Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ordinance Index (TM))).
  • Repository: Name: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA


Princes Noepe of the Wampanoag


Noepe was the Wampanoag name for Martha's Vineyard. It meant "land amid the waters."

Dear Friends:

I have been asked to post what I believe to be the line of the Sachim Iyannough based on what I have been taught by oral tradition and family genealogies. This information may not be entirely correct but should be viewed as oral history and open to your judgments. I do not propose to be the best authority, but please bare with me as I explain what I believe to be true.

The Wampanoag people were a confederation of southern New England tribal groups, separate from each other, but with a common language and cultural base. At the time of the first English in the early 1600's there were over 60 different tribal groups within the confederation. Mary Hyanno was Mattachee also sometimes called Cummaquids, Chawmun or Shaumes.

The word Mattachee translates to "place of worn planting fields." The area around Barnstable was called Mattachee/Mattachiest, with the Yarmouth area known as Mattakeeset. The Mattachee were under authority of a local leader (Iyannough) but also pledged themselves to Ousamequin, the Massasoyt at Pokenoket who was in power over much of the area. The Mattachee were closely related to the Nauset people who were located further up the Cape and who often did not join in the Wampanoag confederation.

My oral tradition:

  • 1. Highyannough: Old Cape Sachim, father of Iyannough, said to have married daughter of Canonicus, Narragansett Sachim.
  • 2. Iyannough: Young Sagamore at Cummaquid, father of John Hyanno and Mary Hyanno. Said to have married Mary, aka Mary Nopee who was daughter of Martha's Vineyard Sachim. He was accused of being a conspirator with Massachusett people to overthrow the English. He went into hiding in swamps on the Cape and died of sickness the year of his daughters birth, along with the Sagamores Coneconam of Manamet and Aspinet of Nauset.
  • 3. John Hyanno: Brother of Mary Hyanno and Sachim at Cummaquid and also on Martha's Vineyard, (mother's connection).
  • 4. Mary Hyanno, daughter of Iyannough, granddaughter of Highyannough, brother of John Hyanno.

My belief is:

  • Highyannough 1554 to 1641 died at 87 yrs.
  • Iyannough 1595 to 1623 died at 28 yrs.
  • John Hyanno 1620 to 1680 died at 60 yrs.

Highyannough, Iyannough, and John Hyanno are sometimes confused and combined with each other. Iyannough died in the swamps at a very young age of 28 or so, the same year of his daughters birth. Mary was raised by her grandfather and later her brother until taken in marriage by Austin Bearce in 1639 at about 15 or 16 years of age.

In the early days of the English 1621 to his death in 1623 Iyannough would have not been given the Christian name of John as some say, as there was no missionary contact on the Cape in those early times. His son and daughter were most likely given Christian names of John and Mary after his death when the English became more established on the Cape.

The grandfather who died in his late 80's is the most likely source of the land given to Austin. The grandson, John Hyanno with other variations of his name, became the leader in the area and also is shown on deeds of land on the Cape as well as on Martha's Vineyard where he died in 1680. Historical birth and death dates do not indicate that the three men could have been one in the same.

Thank you for your kindness,

"Nunocksuk Matannash" (There are many stars) iootash [:ITAL] --courtesy of Alice Raven


Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush are descendants.

Notes on this website are authored by Larry Overmire, unless noted otherwise. Permission of the author is required to reproduce elsewhere.



No-Pee, Mary

  • Birth : ABT. 1600 Gay Head, Dukes, Massachusetts
  • Death : Cape Cod, Barnstable, Ma, MA
  • Gender: Female
  • Parents:
    • Father: No-Took-Seet,


Spouse: Hyanno, John

  • Birth : 1595 Mattachee Vil., Barnstable, MA
  • Death : 1623 Cape Cod, Barnstable, MA
  • Gender: Male


  • Father: Ihyannough (Thyannough), Chief Sachem
  • Mother: Canonicus, A Princess Of The Narragansitts


  • 1. Hyanno, John
    • Birth : ABT. 1620 Cummaquid, Barnstable, Mass
    • Death : AFT. 1661
    • Gender: Male

2. Hyanno, Mary

Gays Head is now known as Aquinnah (changed in 1998), located on Martha's Vineyard.

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Mary No-Pee, Indian Princess's Timeline

Present Massachusetts
Age 20
Cummaquid, (Present Barnstable), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
April 12, 1623
Age 23
Mattachee Country (Present Barnstable County), (Present Massachusetts)
Age 24
(Present Barnstable County), Nauset Country (Present Massachusetts)