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Lighthouse Trail Opening Ceremony – Sept 10, 2011

Email from Paul Hart w/Barkhamsted Historical Society to Me:
8/18/2011 – Hi Coni- I’m pretty sure you have heard about the Lighthouse Trail opening ceremony scheduled for Saturday, September 10. But I wanted to make sure you had a more formal invitation and all the details. We would very much like you to attend if at all possible.
We will have our Historical Society annual meeting at 1:00 at the Tavern, which is not the most exciting event. We would be thrilled if you can attend this, but it is your option. The Trail ceremony will start about 2:00 and we hope to have a good crowd there.  If you can make it we would like you to take part in the ceremony and perhaps say a few words. Ken will be our main speaker and we may have a couple of words from other dignitaries, then Ken will lead a tour of the trail and signs. It should be a fun day, and we have reached a big step in getting the trail and signs established (thanks mostly to Ken, Linne, Erik and FRCC).  Having Lighthouse descendants present will make this day extra special, so I hope you can make it. Please post or forward this to all other Lighthouse descendants. Thanks so much for all your research and help!
Paul Hart/Barkhamsted Historical Society
Note from Coni: I will be attending this event (flight is booked) – I have been asked to speak at this event along with doing the unveiling of the sign~ I will be in the Barkhamsted Ct. area from the 9th-11th – Looking forward to meeting some of you!
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My Book Shelf for this recent research

Books I have:

1. 500 Nations An illustrated history of North American Indians by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.
2. American Encounters edited by Perter C. Mancall & James H. Merrell
(Natives and Newcomers from European Contact to Indian Removal 1500-1850)
3. Northeastern Indian Lives 1632-1816 By Robert S. Grumet
4. Colony of Rhode Island by John Russell Bartlett
5. Old Light on Separate Ways – The Narragansett Diary of Joseph Fish 1765-1776 Edited by William S. & Cheryl L. Simmons.
6. The Collective Writings of Samson Occom Mohegan – Edited by Joanna Brook
7. A man called Sampson by Will & Rudi Ottery
8. Indian Tribes of Hudson River to 1700’s By E.M. Ruttenber
9. Indian Tribes of Hudson River to 1700- 1850  By E.M. Ruttenber
10. 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
11. The Montaukett Indians of Eastern Long Island By John A. Armstrong
12. Puritans among the Indians (Accounts of Captivity & Redemption) 1676-1724 Edited by Alden T. Vaughan & Edward W. Clark
13. The First Traders on Wall Street (The Wiechquaeskeck  Indians of Southwestern CT. in the 17th Century) By John Alexander Buckland
14. Barber’s View of Connecticut 1834-1836 Edited by Christopher P. Bickford & J. Bard Mcnulty
15. The Long Island Indians by Robert R. Coles
16. The Real Mystery of Block Island (The origin of the Island Colony) By Arthur Kinoy
17. Dawnland Encounters (Indian & Europeans in Norther New England) Edited by Colin G. Calloway
18. Indian New England 1524-1674 Edited by Ronald Dale Karr
19. The Delaware Indians (a brief history) by Richard C. Adams
20. Spirit of the New England Tribes (Indian History & Folklore 1620-1984) By William S. Simmons
21. Native People of Southern New England 1500- 1650 by Kathleen J. Bragdon
22. A Village of Outcasts by Ken Feder
23. New England Frontier (Puritans & Indians 1620-1675) 3rd edition by Alden T. Vaughan
24. Native American Place Names of Rhode Island by R.A. Douglas Lithgow
25. Native American Directory (Vital Records of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York & Wisconsin) By Lorrain (Rainwaters) Henry
26. The Long Island Indians & Their New England Ancestors (Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot & Wampanoag Tribes) By Donna (Gentle Spirit) Barron
27. Twelve Thousand Years (American Indians in Maine) By Bruce J. Bourque
28. The New England Indians (Illustrated Source book of Authentic Details of Everyday Indian Life) By Keith Wilbur
29. Plants of Power (Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants) by Alfred Salinelli
30. Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England – Ann Marie Plane
31. From Puritan to Yankee – Richard L. Bushman
32. The Many Legalities of Early America (Institute of Early American History & Culture) by Christopher L. Tomlins 
33. Natick Dictionary: A New England Indian Lexicon – James Hammond Trumbull
34. The Enslavement of the American Indian in Colonial Times Barbara J. Olexer
35. Grave Undertakings: An Archaeology of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians By Patricia E. Rubertone
36. A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island: Keepers of the Bay by Robert A. Geake
37. “Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America” by Dr. Daniel K. Richter;
38. “Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies: comph GT Native amern Tradition Using Herbs Mind/Body Spirit Connection (Healing Arts)” by Anthony J. Cichoke
39. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Cunningham’s Encyclopedia Series) by Scott Cunningham
Waiting on: Narragansett [VHS] Indians of North America
Note from Coni: I’ve also got tons and tons of herbal books also
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Update on my Research

OK Everyone – Need some help……. I’m gonna have to be tackling Charlestown Rhode Island Records to get as much info as I can on the Chagums and their lives with the Narragansett – I have tons and tons of books coming in – I’m needing help on Ninegret’s lineage – I’m not at this moment believing Janey Chagam/Chagum was a daughter to “George Ninegret” or any of the Ninegrets (there is a 1% belief that there might be “some” connection but at this time unsure/no proof) I do believe I’ve uncovered the connection to the Hazard/Name thru the Narraganset which would be thru James and Janey Chagum’s daughter Janey Chagum – whom married a Hazard man (unsure at this time to whom) and they had James Hazard – He is the one spoken of in the Will of Janey Chagum the 1st – I’m in need of “any” land deeds in Charlestown Rhode Island and those on New Shoreham (Block Island) Rhode Island – I am working on the connection from Long Island (How “Great” James Chagum married Janey (unsure of lineages at moment) and had my James Chagum of Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe in Barkhamsted CT.

I believe the “Great” Signifies the lineage of Chieftainship because during this time “Long Island Indians” no longer were to be called “Chief’s” or Sachems – The Cockenoe/Chegonoe lineage was integrated with the Block Island land owners and that is proven in the “servitude” to John Rathbone of their daughter Betty – many of them owned our Natives – including Thomas Terry, The Sands family and had dealing with the Dodge family – these families where coming for the Newport/Oyster Bay areas – slavery was beginning once they realized the attraction to alcohol – crimes was settled with servitude – beginning of slavery for the Natives – Little by little the story is piecing together for me – This line will be covering from the beginning of immigration to this country and the Native American being called “extinct” – this Chagum line – is the “American Story” the true “Native American Story” – Once I was able to confirm the “Ninegret connection” and proof of lands which clearly states still in the possession of “James” whom was also referred to as “Great James” in Charlestown – it tied the Narraganset story into it – which includes the “praying towns” and the Brotherton Indians into it – Many of the “famous Native American Preacher” was involved with this line Reverends/Teachers- Samson Occom – Joseph Fish – Roger Williams – John Eliot of the Eliot Bible – 1st book “ever” published in this country and was 1st interrupted by my Cockenoe/Cheganoe in his “tongue” Algonquian language – This story is finally coming together – and such a heart wrenching story it is – many died from foreign disease, killings, kidnappings, wars – but yet here I stand! I’m just uncovering the whole of the picture – have lots to add – anyone wanting to help or contribute all is appreciated – All of this is work of others before me – things written and researched before me – I’m just putting it all together and bringing the story together – if it is written about my family – I believe it should be included in that person’s part of history – I’m only the organizer – Any and ALL help is appreciated!

Note from Coni: I have all these documents below ~

1st is the will and abstract of the will for Janey Chagum/Chagam wife to “Great James Chagum”

2nd is the Court Case of Sarah Chagum vs. Edward Robinson – 2 different dates but of same case

blanks are words I just can’t make out/unreadable – typed as written~

Will of Janey Chagam – Transcribed by Coni Dubois 8/8/2011Charlestown March of 22 day in the Second year of the ___ King George the third over Great Brittan __ and in the year of our Lord Christ 1762

I Janey Chagam of Charleston in King County in the Colony of Rhode Island __(of) being of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament that unto (into) say first I will that all my funeral charges and just debts be paid in reasonable time after my deacas by my execater hereafter named out of my estate.

Items I give and bequeath into my will beloved Grandson James Hazard son of my daughter Janey Chagam all my personal estate item I likewise give to my said Grandson all my rights and property of lands in said Charleston belonging to Nenigrett and his tribe of Indians said lands that I claime in now in the posesion of Jams Chogam and was given to me by the present Sacham Thomas Nenegrett Father George Nenigrett __ Item I likewise give to my said Grandson James Hazard all my right and tile of land lying on New Shoreham in the county of Newport and Colony above said to him his heirs and asign forever item my will is that my Grandson James keep and maintain me in sufficient meet, drink, clothing, washing and lodging during my natural life and at my deceas to give a decent buryal and I due appoint ordain my said Grandson James my whole and sole Executor of this my last Last will and testament hereby acknowledging and Disannulling all other former wills Leaguels and bequeaths ratifying and confirming this and do other to be my last will and testament in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the date afore written

Sign Sealed and delivered by the Jeaney Chogam as her last will and testament

The word and property was _______(inbrothed?) before signing and sealing

In presence of us 

Peleg   Cross                       Her

Jonathan Ladd         Janey   X  Chogam  (+) seal (which is a circle with a cross in it)

John Welch                       Mark

_____________ (?) Town Clerk

Abstract of Will for Janey Chagam

Chagam, Janey, female, Indian, of Ch. Will dated 22 Mar 1762, proved 1st Mon Apr 1762, pg 55. Mentions: Daughter Janey Chagam. Grandson James Hazard son of daughter Janey Chagam. Land in Ch belonging to Neigrett & his tribe in Indians, said land now in the possession of James Chagam & was given me by the Present Sacham Thomas Nenigrett, Father George Nenigrett. Land in New Shoreham.

Witn: Peleg Cross, Jonathan Ladd, John Welch.

Sarah Chagum vs. Edward Robinson

Venture Smith and the Business of Slavery and Freedom by James Brewer Stewart, James O. Horton

Page 122 Reference #: 29: As is often the case with Algonquian names written in English in the Colonial period, the name “Chauqum” was spelled in a variety of phonetically similar ways, including “Charquin,” “Chaugum,” and “Chagum” Sarah Charquin v. Edward Robinson, King’s Country, Court of Common Pleas, January 1733, Record A:121 a rehearsing, by special order of the Geneal Assembly, confirm the former Judgment: Sarah, daughter of Jane Chagun v. Edward Robinson, Newport Country Superior Court Record b:481, RISJRC.

Case 1 Jan 1733

King’s County Inferior Court of Common Pleas – Vol A 1731-1741Series Record Book

Sarah a Molotto Woman now of South Kingstown in the Country of King’s County Spinster Daughter to Jane Charguin an Indian Woman of said South Kingstown, Plantiff in an action of the case damages paid 80 pounds currant money of New England – Edward Robinson of New London is the County of New London in the Colony of Connecticut – Shopkeeper Defendant – The Defendant made default Wherefore it is Considered by this Court that the said Sarah Recover and have of the said Edward the sum of 55  pounds currant money of New England and Cost of the Court taxed at the £2 -17-8

Case 2 Sept 1734

Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery – Vol. B 1730-1741:

Sarah a Molatto Women now of Soth Kingstown in the County of Kings County & Colony aforesaid Spinster Daughter of Jane Chagum an Indian Woman of said South Kingstown Plaintiff/By an Special Order of the General Assembly of the Colony aforesaid as their sessions held at the Newport in the County of Newport within aforesaid Colongy the forth Wednsday of May Plan/in the action of the case Edward Robinson of New London in the County of New London in the Colony of Connecticut an Shopkeeper at the Inferiour Court of Common Pleas held at the South Kingstown within aforesaid County of Kings County on the fourth tuesday of January _____ _____ Where the said Edward by his attorney made default and the said Sarah recovered judgement against the said Edward for the sum of 55 pounds current money of New England and cost of Court taxed at _ 2_8. As Samuel Richards of New London aforesaid/Who sold the Sarah to the said Edward as a Slave/being called in Court to make his apppearance  defend this ____  ________

to a Precept granted by Thomas Prentice Esq  a Justice of the Peace for New London aforesaid & served on him  by Richard Burch a constable there, and said Samuel Richards made default, whereupon the case was pleaded by the attornies for Plth & Defend. & then committed to the jury, The Verdict of the jury – We find a confirmation of the former judgment & case in court – The verdict accepted – case taxed at __19  ___


Mr Caleb Hill Foreman       Mr Ebenezar Cook       Mr Nathanael Sheltson

Mr John Weaver                  Mr James Carr                Mr Job Lawton

Mr John Cogges(?)hall       Mr Benjamin Inmans       Mr James Nichole

Mr Saumel Baily                 Mr Benjamin Bennels         Mr Francis Sanford

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Former resident searches for her roots at father’s request

Former resident searches for her roots at father’s request

August 8, 2011

By:Lydia Beers, Staff Writer –

Coni Dubois poses with two archaeologists who have assisted her in her genealogy search, Kevin McBride and Ken Feder.

PLYMOUTH — What began with a simple request from her father has grown into a lifetime search for Coni Dubois.
Dubois, who grew up in Marshall County with her parents Rex and Nancy Allen, first began searching for her ancestors 18 years ago.
“(My father) said, Coni, find our Native American roots,” said Dubois, who added that her father was raised Native American but had no idea where he had come from.
“(Their family) just didn’t talk about it, being Native American was considered bad,” said Dubois.
Dubois, who now lives in Louisiana, decided to do exactly what her father asked, embarking on several trips to Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts—places where her research led her to believe her ancestors might have lived. She discovered that she is a descendant of the Mohegan, Pequot and Narragansett tribes—sub-tribes of what are known as the Long Island Indians.
In her travels, Dubois met and worked with many archeologists and Native American tribes who she said appreciated her pure intentions in finding her family.
“Tribes do not want to give genealogy out because of tribal rights,” said Dubois, “(but) I’m not in this for my tribal rights, I want to find my ancestors.”
Since beginning her search, Dubois has uncovered reams of valuable information, including that she is a descendant of Chegonoe, the Native American who interpreted John Eliot’s Bible.
While searching for her ancestors, Dubois has used and said that the website has been the backbone of her work. She is planning another trip in October to Long Island to do hands-on research.
Dubois’s father, Rex Allen, passed away in 2010, an event that Dubois said spurred on her search.
“When my dad died, he knew I was close,” said Dubois, continuing, “but when he passed away, I guess it was the grief—I just dug in.”
With her father in mind, Dubois continued on her mission. She said she doesn’t believe her search to discover her ancestors will ever end.
“It will never be done,” said Dubois.
Dubois dedicates six hours every day to her research. Rather than being tedious, Dubois said that what she finds is so exciting that it keeps her coming back for more.
“It’s a quest,” said Dubois. “I want to know my roots. I want to honor my ancestors. Their story is too beautiful not to be told.”
Because of her through search, Dubois said she has been invited to speak on genealogy in various forums. Although she has more than enough information to write and publish a book, Dubois said that she has no plans to do so at this time.
“I’m not an author, I’m a researcher,” Dubois stated simply, although adding that members of her family who are in the book business may develop a book later.
Dubois carefully documents all her findings on her blog,, and so far has more than more than 70 research books filled with information. She also maintains a Facebook group where fans can view updates and photos called Barkhamsted Lighthouse.

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A lot of has been going on with my research~

Hi Everyone!!

I just wanted to update everyone on my research, I had another interview with my hometown newspaper in Plymouth Indiana and will be in the Pilot News the local paper there sometime soon. I was very excited to know that my story and this journey will be told where I was raised and lived most of my life and were my Mother still resides – such a wonderful tribute to my father~ In a lil over a month will be the 1 year anv. of the passing of my father – as the time draws near it is a constant reminder of how much I miss him~

I have uncovered some wonderful information and documentation on the Chagum lineage and what I believe will bring this story together finally and what has also filled in a lot of blanks and questions for me~ I am waiting on 1 more document and will be able then to share it with all of you~

I am at this moment having to do research on Ninegret and the Nyantic lineage – a will was uncovered by Jeff Howe (THANK YOU JEFF) that has tied this all together for me and has linked my lineage now also to Ninegret – it also names several key players of this line along with James Chagum!!! The Archaeologist I’m working with are very excited with this wonderful find! I have over 100 books to read and document into my files and will be putting a Ninegret book together for everyone – Will take me sometime to do thou – got a lot of research to put together!

I also have my local TV channel that is wanting to do an interview with me (arranged thru a mutual friend) and could be as soon as next week! I do have to admit thou I’m a lil scared will be my 1st TV interview!!!

Will keep you updated!!


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DEAR ANCESTORYour tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
Author Unknown