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People of the Saco River
Historical Information (Prior to 1800)

Last Updated Mar-2013

Saco River People



Bits & Pieces from Books, news-clippings, etc.


March 22 [1741], Sunday. Remained in my camp, and about nine o'clock at night the camp was hailed by two Indians (who were within fifteen rods of it) in so broken English that they called three times before I could understand what they said, which was: "What you do there?" Upon which I spoke to them, and immediately upon my speaking, they asked what news? I told them it was Peace. They answered, "May be no." But however, upon my telling them they should not be hurt, and bidding them to come to the camp, they came and behaved very orderly, and gave me an account of Ossipe Pond and River, as also of a place called "Pigwacket", they told me the way to know when I was at Pigwacket was by observing a certain river, which had three large hills on the south-west side of it, which narrative of said Indians respecting Ossipe &c I found to correspond pretty well with my observations. They also informed me of their names, which were Sentur and Peace. Sentur is an old man, was in Capt. Lovewell's fight, at which time he was much wounded, and lost one of his eyes; the other is a young man. They, informed me their living was at Ossipe Pond. They had no gun, but hatchets and spears. Our snow-shoes being something broken they readily imparted wherewith to mend them. They would have purchased a gun of me, but could not spare one. They were very inquisitive to know what bro't English men so far in the woods in peace, whereupon I informed them. And upon the whole they said they tho't it was war finding English men so far in the woods, and further, that there were sundry companies of Indians a-hunting, and they believed that none of said companys would let me proceed if they should meet with me.

Source: The Journal of Walter Bryant

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - Walter Bryant was an early surveyor. He ran the line between Maine and New Hampshire in 1741


There was formerly an Indian village on the site of Conway, called the village of Pâgwâki ... The word is commonly written either Pigwacket, Pickwocket, or Pigwolket

Source: Kendall 3:173 about 1808