Quaquaquid, Henry

Variant first names: Harry
Variant last names: Quaduaquid
Birth: unknown in Mohegan, CT
Death: unknown in Mohegan, CT







deacon, counselor


Mohegan, CT

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Henry Quaquaquid was a Mohegan Indian who was active in both political and religious tribal affairs. In 1742 he, as a counselor, signed a petition that declared John Uncas as the rightful successor of Sachem Mahomet; however, the following year Quaquaquid, along with Occom and nine other counselors, signed Ben Uncas’s counter proclamation. As supporters of Ben Uncas, Occom and Quaquaquid lived in Ben’s Town rather than John’s Town, the home of the Ashpos. Nonetheless, they eventually changed their minds and joined the Ashpos in an effort to counteract tribal corruption and disunion. Around 1760, Ben Uncas III claimed that the rival faction had established Quaquaquid as sachem. Quaquaquid was also involved in the Mason case and acted as a messenger. He sought to protect the Mohegans’ native rights, and in 1785 signed a petition, along with Occom and four others, to the Connecticut General Assembly asking for unrestricted fishing privileges. In 1789, Quaquaquid and Robert Ashpo appealed to the Connecticut Assembly again seeking aid, and as in the original petition, stressed their friendship. Additionally, Quaquaquid often accompanied Occom during his missionary tours, such as those of 1757 and 1785. He also acted as a deacon, possibly at a church that Occom established in Mohegan. Quaquaquid did not move to Brothertown, but remained in Mohegan with his family.

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Brooks, Lisa Tanya. The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. http://books.google.com/books?id=0M4MNSRYjwoC&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83&dq=henry+quaquaquid&source=bl&ots=gQlOS4RDF1&sig=tKzDSmdQOGJwT3HnvB7dedMozBM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HXe1U7f3MoSKqgb1m4CQCQ&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=henry%20quaquaquid&f=falseCalloway, Colin G. The Indian History of an American Institution: Native Americans and Dartmouth. Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2010.http://lib.myilibrary.com/Open.aspx?id=270364. Fisher, Linford D. The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Love, DeLoss W. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England. Boston: Pilgrim Press, 1899. Silverman, David J. Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. Whipple, Chandler. The Indian and the White Man in New England. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press, 1976.

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Possibly related to John Quaquaquid.