Coni’s Theory: I believe James Chagum is actually James Hazard

After many years of researching and hunting down my Ancestor’s it has lead me to the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village – There has been many things over the years written abt my people and much of the stories can be based on some truth…. but not all of it~

I have been working on a new theory and need help proving one way or the other – regardless of how I work it – it always comes back to this theory~

Other theories:

James (of Barkhamsted) is either the son of  ‘Great James‘ & Janey Chagum or Samuel their son? (Samuel could possible be a brother to Great James -at time unsure – I believe they are brothers) it is the same Samuel Chagum that stole the canoe on Block Island & who I believe became the Nocakes/Noka part of the Narragansett Indians. (Due to indenturing of their children many changed their names – some several times)

Can listen to some of the story of Samuel Chagum here:

7/7/15 - Manisses: A People and a Place ℗Glenda Luck
Published on Jul 5, 2015 - Music: Provided to YouTube by CDBaby
Click here to hear: (Part 1)  "Narr 6 (feat. Coni Dubois)" by Glenda Luck
Click here to hear: (Part 2)  "Sam Chagum (Chagum's Pond)" by Glenda Luck  
Click here to hear: (Part 3) "Narr 7 (feat. Shirlyne Gobern - Coni Dubois)"  

My Theory: I believe that James of Barkhamsted is NOT the son of either “Great James’ or Samuel BUT the GRANDSON to ‘Great James’ & Janey Chagum/Chogam via their daughter Janey who had a Son named James HAZARD as written in Janey1 will (who I believe becomes our Barkhamsted James) I believe that if James & Mary did flee is it possible that James change his name also? (keep in mind we haven’t found Molly’s true identity yet – is she a Barber/Barbour or is that the maiden name of her Mother possibly?)

  1. We know that Janey1 Chagum (Wife to Great James) owned land on Block Island & Rhode Island hence her will (see below)
  2. I want to note: I believe Janey1 (Wife to Great James) is a Ninegretdaughter of George1 Augustus Ninegret & Sarah Sachem (Sarah is daughter of Thomas Sachem & Mary Penhawiss) I also believe is one of the reason the pond on block Island is called Sachem/Chagum Pond.
    Historical sketch of the town of Charlestown in Rhode Island : from 1636 to 1876

    Voted and resolved, that the trustees of Ninegret, sachem, render an account of their trust to the next session of this Assembly.
    Whereas, George Ninegret, Indian sachem of the Narragansett Indians, humbly requested of this honorable Assembly to appoint George Wanton, of Newport, in the county of Newport, merchant, one of his overseers, he being well assured of his fidelity and justice in the management of his affairs ; Whereupon, it is voted and ordered, that the said George Wanton be, and he is hereby, appointed a trustee or overseer to the said sachem, to have the same power in all respects with the other trustees.
    Notes: * Old Ninegret, who reserved this land for his tribe and himself, died somewhere about 1722. He gave to the colony a quit-claim deed of all his vacant lands, except a tract bounded as aforesaid: Beginning at the mouth of Cross’ mill brook, (anciently known as Davill’s,) where it empties into the salt pond, aud thence from said brook on a straight line northerly to Pasquesett pond, and then along Pasquesett brook until it joins the Pawcatuck river at Kenyon’s Mills ; thence along the said river westward to Benjamin Burdick’s bridge, (more recently called Brown’s bridge at Burdickville 😉 and thence southerly toward Wequopogue, a stream running into Quonocontaug pond a little to the west of Quonocontaug Neck, and thence to the Post Road; and then following said road eastward to Christopher Champlin’s dwelling house, or very near it; and from thence south to the salt pond, and so along the shore of said pond to the first mentioned bound.

7/27/2011: Email from Jeff Howe/Author in regards to my search for Jane Chagum – I don’t know if you had found her will in Charlestown 1756 (I think) it was published (abstracted) in R.I.Genealogical Register vol 7 #1 but basically names her daughter Janey Chagum, lands given to her by Tom Ninnegret in Ch. but says her father George Ninegret gave her lands in New Shoreham.   Jeff

Town Clerk’s Office: 4540 South County Trail – Charlestown, RI 02813 – (401) 364-1200 – (fax) (401) 364-1238 –

Abstract of Will for Janey Chagam
RIGR Vol 7: 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.

Will of Janey ChagamTranscribed by Coni Dubois 8/8/2011  – blanks are words I just can’t make out~

Charlestown 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
In presence of us    The word and property was _______(inbrothed?) before signing and sealing
Peleg   Cross                                                                                                 Her
Jonathan Ladd                        Janey   Chogam  (+) seal (which is a circle with a cross in it)
John Welch                                        Mark 
_____________ (?) Town Clerk

Will of Janey Chagam Part 1Janey Chagum Will Part 2
3. At this time I am uncertain as to the father to James (Barkhamsted) – I do believe (still need to prove all of this) that possibly also named James Hazard (1st) or James was named after his Grandfather ‘Great James’

What I need is any and everything on any James Hazard from the 1700’s to the 1770’s – any help is appreciated~


Barber Cemetery – Burial of Reuben & Hannah (Chagum) Barber

Just wanted to re-share this post I had done on March 29, 2013~

"Ever Widening Circle"

Barber Cemetery - Burial of Reuben & Hannah (Chagum) Barber Part 1

Barber Cemetery 2Documents donated by Marianne “Cookie” Reimsnyder

Cemetery is located off of King Rd. in Beaver Dams New York

Note from Coni: Hannah & James Tombstone’s were unreadable – we used paper and some chalk to get last Hannah & James Tombstones.

Reuben Barber Tombstone

Reuben Barber's Tombstone Reuben Barber’s Tombstone

April 1949 - The Elmira Advertiser - Another Hero Gone - Reuben Barbour April 1849 – Reuben Barbour Obit – The Elmira Advertiser

Hannah Barber Tombstone Hannah Barber Tombstone

Hannah (Chagum) Barber Obit - Montour Falls NY Scrapbooks Hannah (Chagum) Barber/Barbour Obit – Montour Falls NY Scrapbooks 1-6-0137

James Barber Tombstone James Barber Tombstone

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Archeology Podcast Network – Featuring Kenneth L. Feder – Hosted by Sara Head

Archeology Podcast Network Featuring Kenneth L. Feder – Hosted by Sara Head

October 26, 2015 – The Legend of the LighthouseEpisode 22

URL: will find a downloadable version on right of webpage.

Ken shares a touching story about his work. The Legend of Lighthouse shows how archaeology is used to solve histories mysteries and uses those answers to shed light on the lives of those around us.

Note from Coni: Ken gives a shout out to me on this podcast towards the end – a good listen – goes into details of ‘why’ he started researching Lighthouse and what it means to him as a Archeologist getting to meet the descendants of the Lighthouse – It truly has been a honor for me to work with Kinny (my nickname for him) I truly couldn’t of gotten as far as I have without his help and all he contributes to this research – He has given freely all that he has uncovered and continues to do so – so that we may one day piece together the ‘true’ story of the Lighthouse People – Not just of the Chagum’s but also the other families that were considered of the “Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village”.

There is MANY researcher’s who have come on board my work and have also helped and contributed all they have to piece it all together and I believe it is only together we will truly figure it out~

Barkhamsted Lighthouse Reunion has been featured in:

March/April 2016 – Vol: XXXIX, No. 2 – Connecticut Preservation News – By: CT. TRUST for Historical Preservation (Sent to me via: Ken Feder)

Order of pages: 20 to 18 then 19 (started on back page)


Lighthouse_Page_2_Image_0001 (2)

Continued from Pg 20 (Back page)


2009 - Barkhamsted Lighthouse Archaeological Preservation Booklet
Click Link to download free:
Barkhamsted Lighthouse Archaeological Preserve – Barkhamsted Connecticut
(Link automatically  opens up to PDF format – free to view and download)
Note from Coni: I am on pg 23 in this book


ALL MY Allen Descendants: Past few days I have been working closely with John Robb of the Allen DNA Patrilineage 2 Project – which I am a crucial part of this project with the DNA of my Uncle Russ Allen brother to my father Rex Allen – I have been emailing all that he is needing to further research on our DNA thru his project/research – I am SUPER excited over what has been happening – OUR ALLEN LINE IS A MYSTERY & and even been called UNIQUE & ANCIENT – You can view all of his updates at:

Russ Allen’s DNA Results (My Father’s Brother)
DNA test done by: Family Tree DNA
Kit #: 366700
Haplogroup: R-Z2542
Notes: In Indigenous Americans groups, R-M173 is the most common haplogroup after the various Q-M242, especially in North America in Ojibwe people at 79%, Chipewyan 62%, Seminole 50%, Cherokee 47%, Dogrib 40% and Papago 38%. The decreasing gradient of haplogroup R-M207 from Northeastern to Southwestern North America is evidence that this results from European admixture – (Malhi 2008). Taken from:
DNA Projects Russ Allen is in:
1. TDNA ALLEN (R) Patrilineage Project  – Administrator: John Robb
2. Allan/Allen/Allin
3. R-M222 and Subclades
(# 3: We’ve been asked to stay in this til they get the Haplogroup in the right area)
4. AmerIndian Ancestry
5. R _R1b ALL Subclades
6. R1b-S14328-Genealogy

Coni Dubois featured in the Squire’s Tavern Quarterly

Published by Barkhamsted Historical Society

June 2010 – Edition of Squire’s Tavern Quarterly 

 Coni’s Notes: My Sister’s name is Tonia Allen Gould (Allen is our maiden name)

Sept 2011 – Edition of Squire’s Tavern Quarterly 

Pg 7 there is a photo of Doug Roberts and I and it reads:

Coni Dubois discusses her research on James and Molly Chaugham and their descendants with town historian Doug Roberts at Squires Tavern on July 3. Coni, visiting from Louisiana, has done extensive research on the Lighthouse Tribe genealogy. She is a ninth-generation descendant of James and Molly. For more information, or to reach Coni, visit her Facebook page at “Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village” Talk with Coni at the annual meeting September 10th at the tavern.

Dec 2013 – Edition of Squire’s Tavern Quarterly

Dec 2013 - Squires Tavern Quarterly - BHS

This is the reason we are called the Barkhamsted Lighthouse People~ The Stage Coach would use us as a light to guide their way!

June 2015 – Edition of Squire’s Tavern Quarterly 

Sept 2015 – Edition of Squire’s Tavern Quarterly 

Note from Coni: Typing error on date of Sept 2015 on index page (State’s date is June 2015) clearly can see in the Newspaper correct date of Sept 2015~