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Moneton. Meaning “Big Water” people.

Moneton Connections. The Moneton belonged to the Siouan linguistic family; their nearest connections were probably the Manahoac and Monacan of Virginia and perhaps Ofo of Ohio and Mississippi.

Moneton Location.-Probably on the lower course of Kanawha River.

Moneton History. The Moneton were first mentioned by Thomas Batts in 1671. (See Alvord and Bidgood, 1912.) Three years later they were visited by Gabriel Arthur, an indentured servant of the trader Abraham Wood, and this is the last we hear of them as an independent tribe. They probably united with the Siouan people in the Piedmont region of Virginia.

Moneton Population. Unknown. Arthur calls the principal Moneton settlement “a great town.”


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