Dawet

Variant first names: David
Affiliation:

Oneida; Moor's Indian Charity School

Education:

Moor's Indian Charity School (1765-1769, perhaps intermittent)

Nationality:

Oneida

Residence:

Lebanon, CT (from 1765-06-12 to 1769-09-10)

Biography:

Dawet, also called David, was an Oneida student who attended Moor’s Indian Charity School beginning June 12, 1765. The details of David’s time at Moor’s are unclear. Historian Colin Calloway dates his attendance as from 1765-1766, but account statements exist for him during 1767, 1768, and 1769. Eleazar Wheelock’s account statements place him at the school as late as September 1769, although the Oneida deacon Thomas pulled the Oneida children out of the school in January of that year. Wheelock’s accounts contain expenses for Dawet visiting the Narragansett and for “working abroad,” so it is possible he was employed as a schoolmaster while he continued his studies, and stayed at Moor’s later than other Oneida students for that reason.

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Sources:

Calloway, Colin. The Indian History of an American Institution. Dartmouth College Press 2010. Love, Deloss. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England. Pilgrim Press 1899. Wheelock, Eleazar. Account Books. Transcription from T. Peace, pers. comm. 2012.