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Aberginian Indians. A collective term used by the early settlers on Massachusetts bay for the tribes to the northward. Johnson, in 1654, says they consisted of the “Massachuset,” “Wippinap,” and “Tarratines.” The name may be a corruption of Abnaki, or a mispelling for “aborigines.” The Wippanap are evidently the Abnaki, while the Tarratines are the same Indians, or a part of them.

Alternative Spellings

  • Abarginny – Johnson (1628) in Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 2d s., II, 66, 1814.
  • Abergeny – Williams (1643) ibid., 1st s., III, 204, 1794.
  • Aberginians – Wood (1634) quoted by Schoolcraft, Personal Memoirs, 644, 1851.
  • Aberieney – Levett (1628) in Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 3d s., VIII, 174, 1843.
  • Aborginny – Humphrey’s Acc’t, 281, 1730 (incorrectly quoting Johnson, 1628).

MLA Source Citation:

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 25 August 2016.
https://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/aberginian-tribe.htm
- Last updated on Oct 18th, 2013

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