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H Massachusetts Indian Villages, Towns and Settlements

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A complete listing of all the Indian villages, towns and settlements as listed in Handbook of Americans North of Mexico.

Hadley Indians. A small body or band, possibly Nipmuc, which, at the time of King Philip’s war in 1675, occupied a small fort about a mile above Hatfield, on the w. side of Connecticut r., in Hampshire co., Mass. They abandoned their village to join Philip’s forces and thereafter ceased to be known under the name above given. (J. M. )

Hassanamesit (‘at the place of small stones’. Gookin). A village of Christian Indians established in 1654 at Grafton, Worcester co., Mass., in Nipmuc territory. The last of the pure Indians died about 1825, but in 1830 there were still 14 persons there of mixed Indian and Negro blood. It was the third of the praying towns “in order, dignity, and antiquity.” Cf. Hassimanisco. (J. M)

Herring Pond. A former settlement on a reserve established for Christian Indians in 1655 at Herring Pond, Plymouth co., Mass. It is probably identical with Comassakumkanit, mentioned by Bourne in 1674, and the Indians there seem to have been considered a distinct tribe. In 1825 there were but 40 left, and these were of mixed blood. (J. M.)

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