Ne-Do-Ba   (Friends)
Exploring & Sharing the Wabanaki History of Interior New England
A Maine Nonprofit Corporation - 501(c)3 Public Charity

 Home > Places > Maine > Lewiston              Skip Content x

Lewiston & Auburn, Maine

Last Updated Dec-2008

Wabanaki Family Names Known Here

  • Capino - early 1900s
  • Kancamagus (aka John Hawkins), was a Pennecook sachem (leader) from the Merrimack River, grandson of Passaconaway. He moved his family to the Androscoggin about 1685, to be better protected from Mohawk raiding parties.
  • Polis - mid 1800s
  • Sabatis - late 1700s
  • Worumbo was a sachem (leader) on the lower Androscoggin River. Drake says he was at the attack on Storer's garrison at Wells, with Madokawando in 1689.

Wabanaki Events That Occurred Here

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

  • [After 1796] Near Auburn, Sabattus, Lisbon and Brunswick, scattered [Wabanaki] families continued to dwell.
  • The chief [Sabattus] had formerly had encampments in what is now Sabattus, Lisbon, Auburn and various other places along the lower Androscoggin.

Col. William Garcelon recalled his father's stories of how he and other white boys used to play with young Indians whose families frequently visited the falls. The elder William Garcelon arrived in Lewiston with his parents in 1776 at the age of thirteen.

He said those Indian boys were smart and very active in the water and not willing to be outdone, but he told them he could go on the bottom of the river from the east shore & cross the channel to the shore of the Island in time of drought, which he and the Indians performed. But he could out do the Indians as he used to pick up a stone in each hand which enabled him to keep the bottom while he crossed the channel and could perform the feat quite comfortably.

Source: Skinner Transcript, August 19, 1967


Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - There was a Jackson family that settled in the Ferry Road area in the 1780s. This is a story about the family which was passed on by a descendant.

One day an Indian came to the house and asked to borrow a gun. The Indian explained there was a moose in the pasture which he would like to shoot. Mr. Jackson was a little reluctant to give a weapon to an Indian, but did so anyway. The Indian shot the moose, returned the gun, and left some moose meat for the family as a thank you.

General Items of Interest to Researchers