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Bethel, Maine
(Sudbury Canada)

Last Updated Dec-2008

Wabanaki Family Names Known Here

Wabanaki Events That Occurred Here

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In the fall [1780], we concluded to spend the winter in this place [Bethel], which we did. The Indians here appeared very friendly towards us. They employed themselves in hunting; and we could barter with them, for corn and sugar, and for which we received wild meat, tallow, and fur; and hence we lived quietly and comfortably with them. We labored to live in good friendship. However, we had many difficulties to encounter, as is always the case in settling new countries. We had no roads; we went by marked trees, and hauled in our necessaries on hand-sleighs. We had no neighbors settled near us; and there being but very few families in this place, it was for our interest and safety to cultivate peace and a good understanding with the savages of the wilderness.
The Indians were often in among us, and appeared very friendly. We sold them corn, and other things, for meat, fur, etc. In the first of this season, they appeared very friendly towards us, which we labored to cultivate; and they were pleased in trading with us. ... On the 3d day of August, 1781, there came six Indians from Canada; I knew one of them, named Tomhegan, for he had been often at my house. ...

source: Nathaniel Segar to Rev. Daniel Gould around the year 1825

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - On this day, Nathaniel Segar and two other men were taken captive and carried to Canada, while 3 men were killed and scalped by Tomhegan's party. This was during the Revolutionary War when the Abenaki living at St. Francis were compelled to fight for the English. Bounties had been offered by the English for American scalps and prisoners. This event was the last Indian raid to take place in Maine.

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