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Woccon Tribe: Significance unknown.

Woccon Connections. The Woccon belonged to the Siouan linguistic stock, their closest relations being the Catawba.

Woccon Location. Between Neuse River and one of its affluents, perhaps about the present Goldsboro, Wayne County.

Woccon Villages

  • Tooptatmeer, supposed to have been in Greene County.
  • Yupwauremau, supposed to have been in Greene County.

Woccon History.-The first mention of the Woccon appears to be by Lawson writing about 1701, who recorded 150 words of their language. These show that it was nearer Catawba than any other known variety of speech. Lack of any earlier mention of such a large tribe lends strength to the theory of Dr. Douglas L. Rights that they were originally Waccamaw (see South Carolina). They took part against the Whites in the Tuscarora Wars and were probably extinguished as a tribe at that time, the remnant fleeing north with the Tuscarora, uniting with the Catawba, or combining with other Siouan remnants in the people later known as Croatan.

Woccon Population. The number of Woccon war estimated by Mooney (1928) at 600 in 1600. Lawson (1860) gives 120 warriors in 1709.

Connection in which they have become noted. The sole claim of the Woccon to distinction is from the fact that it is the only one of the southern group of eastern Siouan tribes other than the Catawba from which a vocabulary has been preserved.



MLA Source Citation:

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1953. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 26 October 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/woccon-indians.htm - Last updated on Oct 12th, 2013


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