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Ousameequin Wampanoag, 11th Great Uncle

February 7, 2013 , , ,

Ousameequin massasoit

Ousameequin Massasoit

The Wampanoag tribe answered to a supreme sachem known as massesoit.  When the Pilgrims landed the in 1620 this title was held by my 11th great grandfather.  His son known as King Philip waged war with the English between 1675 and 1676. Before King Philip’s War the villages of the Wampanoag Nation stretched from Rhode Island east to Cape Cod and north to Gloucester, MA.  After the violent battles were won by the Brits, Mashpee on Cape Cod became the center for native people from the area. In 1685 Plymouth Colony recognizes a deed that stipulates Mashpee as a reservation.  Through a series of legal battles the Wampanoag tribe won status from the United States government as a tribe in 2007.
Ousameequin Massesoit Wampanoag (1581 – 1661)
is my 11th great grand uncle
Wasanequin Great Sachem Wampanoag tribe (1554 – 1617)
Father of Ousameequin Massesoit
Quadequina Wampanoag (1576 – 1623)
Son of Wasanequin Great Sachem
Margaret Diguina Oguina Weeks WAMPANOAG Whelden ** (1613 – 1651)
Daughter of Quadequina
Ruth Whelden (1625 – 1673)
Daughter of Margaret Diguina Oguina
John TAYLOR (1651 – 1690)
Son of Ruth
Abigail Taylor (1663 – 1730)
Daughter of John
Martha Goodwin (1693 – 1769)
Daughter of Abigail
Grace Raiford (1725 – 1778)
Daughter of Martha
Sarah Hirons (1751 – 1817)
Daughter of Grace
John Nimrod Taylor (1770 – 1816)
Son of Sarah
John Samuel Taylor (1798 – 1873)
Son of John Nimrod
William Ellison Taylor (1839 – 1918)
Son of John Samuel
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
Son of William Ellison
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
Daughter of George Harvey
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee

The First Thanksgiving, 1620, was a time of warm feelings and friendly relations between the Plymouth Colonists and the Indians of America. On March 22, 1621, Samoset, an Indian who spoke English appeared on the scene. He once had been kidnapped and taken to London where he learned pigeon English. He helped the Colonists to sow seed and manure the land with fish for a bountiful harvest. He then arranged a meeting between Massasoit, the revered chief of the Wampanoags, a tribe of the Algonoquin Indians, and the leaders of the Plymouth Colony and a Peace Treaty was signed. The Colonists, as hosts at the First Thanksgiving, could speak no Algonguian, the language of the Indians, and the Indians, except Samoset, could speak no English. There must have been much smiling, nodding of heads, pats on the shoulders, and hearty grunting. Of course a three day party where the English shared their new supply of beer certainly was expected to engage many friendships. It is particularly significant that the peace treaty drawn during the feast was never broken during the remaining forty years of Massasoit’s life! From the writings of two of the settlers, Govenor William Bradford and Edward Winslow, as compiled for “The Pilgrim Reader” by George F. Willison: “Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sente four men out fowling that so we might, after a more special manner, rejoyce together after we had gathered the fruit of our labours. These four, in one day, killed as much fowl as, with a little help besides, served the company almost a week, at which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised out armes, many of the Indians coming amonst us. And amongst the rest, their greatest King, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom, for three days, we entertained and feasted. And they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the Plantation, and bestowed on our Governor and upon the Captaine and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet, by the goodness of God, we are so farr from wante that we often wish you partakers of our plentie.” 2. Various chroniclers at the time of the First Thanksgiving described Massasoit as being very tall and slender, typical of the Wampanoags, “a very lusty man in his best years, an able body, grave of countenance, and spare of speech”. His clothing, or lack thereof, did not differ from that of his followers, “only in a great chain of white bone beads about his neck” and “Behind his neck hangs a little bag of tobacco, which he drank and gave us to drink; his face was painted with a sad, red like mulberry, he was oiled both head and face and looked greasy, a long knife hanging on a lace at his breast was his only weapon”

After such a warm welcome, things went sour for the tribe. Today they want to build a casino, so the legal battles continue for the People of the First Light.

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you have the most interesting personal history. Wow!


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

February 8, 2013

I am descended from Quadequina, but am only just beginning to learn about them. Can you describe for me how to pronounce the word “Wampanoag”? Thank you.


Gary R

October 5, 2013

Hi Gary,

There are many of us, since it has been so long. I went in person to Cape Cod and can tell you all the graves, history and ancestry was lost for 200 years. They are rebuilding some of the tree with English names. Wampanoag is pronounced wampan-og, they say Wamps for short.



October 5, 2013

Good to read the ‘real’ history, Pamela! I so admire your research…and hope you come back to do some more! and visit Martha’s Vineyard, playground of the Wampanoags then and now…that is one place, I could be your guide…

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Deborah Lotus

November 25, 2016

3 notes

  1. Faith in Institutions | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […]  The Wampanoag branch of my family tried hard to wipe out the British presence for good during King Philip’s War.  I had family members in the military on both sides of the Civil War, when that happened.  There […]


  2. My American History, Plymouth to Tucson | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] sucked down their erstwhile property and hunting rights, but planned to take more of the same.  King Philip , AKA my great uncle, planned and executed a revolution against the colonists, which is when things […]


  3. Captain Michael Pierce, 9th Great Grandfather | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] 9th great grandfather was killed by my 11th great uncle.  King Philip’s War was fought between the Wampanoag people and the colonists of Plymouth. […]


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