Abraham

Variant first names: Abram; Little Abraham; Abraham Secundus; l Abraham
Birth: Unknown
Death: Unknown
Affiliation:

Moor’s Indian Charity School; Mohawk

Education:

Moor's Indian Charity School 1762-1765, certified as usher on March 12, 1765.

Nationality:

Mohawk

Occupation:

Usher near Canajoharie, July 1765-December 1765

Residence:

Moor's Indian Charity School in Lebanon, Connecticut (from 1762 to 1765-03)

Canajoharie (from 1765-07 to 1765-12)

Willheske (from 1766)

Biography:

Abraham, known as Little Abraham, was an usher or junior teacher along with Abraham major and Peter. All of them kept separate schools. Abraham major's school began Friday, July 12, 1765, and presumably Little Abraham’s began at or around the same time. Little Abraham’s school was a two mile ride from Canajoharie, and as of July 17 1765, he had 11 or 12 students of both genders. These schools seem to have operated from July 1765 (they were still traveling in June and Chamberlain describes their schools in late July) until December 1765, when Chamberlain reports that the Abrahams have departed. Both Abrahams' schools were taken over in 1766. Little Abraham then taught a school at Willheske, 8 or 10 miles below Fort Stanwix, for an indeterminite time. He is not to be confused with another Little Abraham, the Canajoharie Mohawk who was Sachem from 1755 until his death in 1780.

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Sources:

Hinderaker, Eric. The Two Hendricks. Harvard Press 2010: Contrast with Little Abraham the sachem. Love, W. DeLoss, Jr. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England. Syracuse 1899: Residence at Willheske (68). McCallum, James. The Letters of Eleazar Wheelock’s Indians. Dartmouth College Press 1932: Graduation and usher career (25) school taken over (25-26). Wheelock, Eleazar. A continuation of the narrative of the Indian charity-school : begun in Lebanon, in Connecticut ; now incorporated with Dartmouth-college, in Hanover, in the province of New-Hampshire. Hartford 1766: Composition of school, graduation, career.

General note:

Also appears in a letter from Chamberlain to Wheelock from Canajoharie on July 17, 1765, transcribed in Wheelock’s 1766 narrative.