Chaugham, James

last name (variants): Chaucum; Chaugum
honorific(s): Mr.
Birth: 1710 in Block Island
Death: 1790 in New Hartford

Narragansett Tribe



  • New Hartford (from 1740 to 1790)
Marital status

Married Molly Barber. They had eight children.


James Chaugham was a Narragansett Indian from Block Island, RI. He married Molly Barber, a white woman from Wethersfield, CT. The couple settled near New Hartford, CT, and had eight children, one of whom, Mercy, married a fugitive slave named Isaac Jacklyn. Their extended family became known as the Lighthouse Tribe.


Lee, "Barkhamsted, Conn., and Its Centennial, 1879" (1881), p. 38; Feder, "A Village of Outcasts" (1994), p. 85; Mills, "The Story of Connecticut" (1932), p. 74-75; Boyd, "Annals of Family Records of Winchester, Conn." (1873), p. 230-31;