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  • Capt. Richard Olmstead, of Norwalk (1611 - 1687)
    Richard Olmstead Born about 20 Feb 1611 in Fairstead, County Essex, England Son of Richard Olmstead and Frances Slany Married 1) ?Elizabeth (Haugh) Whittingham? 2) Magdalen, widow Smith Fathe...
  • John Nott, of Wethersfield (1618 - 1681)
    Not the same as Mr John Nott John Nott was born in England in 1618 and died abt 1681 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. He was a talented joiner and a Sergeant in the Pequot War of 1637. Marri...
  • William Comstock (1595 - 1683)
    Immigrated from England to Wethersfield, CT and subsequently removed to New London, CT. Immigrated from England to Wethersfield, CT and subsequently removed to New London, CT. The History of Ancien...
  • Capt. John Underhill (1597 - 1672)
    John Underhill (7 October 1597 – 21 July 1672) was an early English settler and soldier in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Province of New Hampshire, the New Haven Colony, New Netherland, and later...
  • John Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger (1606 - 1695)
    Descendant of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke Events 1620- Mayflower passenger ""Led ashore by his father's hand." 1637- Served in the Pequot War. 1657- Excommunicated and became an Anabapt...

The Pequot War was an armed conflict between 1634–1638 between the Pequot tribe against an alliance of the Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Saybrook colonies who were aided by their Native American allies (the Narragansett and Mohegan tribes). Hundreds were killed; hundreds more were captured and sold into slavery to the West Indies. Other survivors were dispersed. At the end of the war, about seven hundred Pequots had been killed or taken into captivity. The result was the elimination of the Pequot as a viable polity in what is present-day Southern New England. See also the Native American Diaspora project.

Participants:

  1. Pequot: Sachem Sassacus
  2. Eastern Niantic
  3. Western Niantic: Sachem Sassious
  4. Mohigg: Sachem Uncas
  5. Niantic Sagamore Wequash
  6. Narragansett: Sachem Miantonomo
  7. Montauk or Montaukett
  8. Massachusetts Bay Colony: Governors Henry Vane and John Winthrop, Captains John Underhill and John Endecott
  9. Plymouth Colony: Governors Edward Winslow and William Bradford, and Captain Myles Standish
  10. Connecticut Colony: Thomas Hooker, Captain John Mason, Robert Seeley
  11. Saybrook Colony: Lion Gardiner

Notes: "The Pequots were believed to have extremely powerful individuals among them, which contributed to their lack of fear when confronting the colonist before the Pequot War of 1636-37. Roger Williams warned John Winthrop that, in addition to their 'store of guns,' they had a 'witch amongst them [who] will sinck the pinnacles by diving under water and making holes etc.' In the early stages of the Pequot War, taunting Pequots said that they had one among them, probably their sachem Sassacus, who, if he killed just one more Englishman, would be equal to God: 'and as the Englishman's God is, so would he be.' Indians allied with the English intention to attack Sassacus's fort, because the sachem's 'very Name was a Terrour' to them. Trembling Narragansetts told Captain John Mason that Sassacus was 'all one a God, no Body could kill him." by Karen O Kupperman, Indians and the English, pg 191-2

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