Indian Names of Places in Plymouth, Middleborough, Lakeville and Carver, Plymouth County, Massachusetts: With Interpretations of Some of Them

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Commonwealth Press, 1909 - Names, Geographical - 64 pages
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Page 19 - There are certain red berries called Alkermes which is worth ten shillings a pound, but of these hath been sold for thirty or forty shillings the pound, may yearly be gathered a good quantity." John Josselyn, who was much of the time in New England from 1638 to 1671, and saw more marvels there than anybody else ever imagined, says, "I have sought for this berry he speaks of, as a...
Page 31 - Patuxet, and that about four years ago all the inhabitants died of an extraordinary plague; and there is neither man, woman, nor child remaining, as indeed we have found none, so as there is none to hinder our possession or to lay claim unto it.
Page 6 - Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the peninsula east of Lake Huron. They formed, as it were, an island in the vast expanse of Algonquin population, extending from Hudson's Bay on the north to the Carolinas on the south; from the Atlantic on the east to the Mississippi and Lake Winnipeg on the west.
Page 25 - It will bear a boat of eight or ten tons to this place. Hither the Dutch or French, or both, use to come. It is from hence to the bay of Cape Cod, about eight...
Page 25 - ... and to disingage them of those great sumes which they stood charged with, and bound for, they resolved to build a smale pinass at Manamet, a place 20. mile from ye plantation, standing on ye sea to ye southward of them, unto which, by an other creeke on this side, they could carry their goods, within 4. or 5. miles, and then trasport them over land to their vessell; and so avoyd the compassing of Cap-Codd, and those deangerous choulds, and so make any voiage to ye southward in much shorter time,...
Page 31 - Pacassatt," the greater part of the word, denotes a place at which " a strait widens — where the narrows open out." On examination of the formation of Little Herring Pond and noting the gradual widening out of the very short stream between Great and Little Herring Ponds, this part of the word certainly describes the locality. The first part of the name has probably been changed. Pato — possibly Pehtean — ' 'foaming' ' — "a foaming narrows . ' ' Petaug — "a bay;" Potobsg — a bay. "Where...
Page 18 - Massapee." (MHS Coll., s. 2, v. 3, p. 175.) Possibly a contraction or corruption of Appamond, a place for fishing with traps. Appeh "imp" amaug — "pond." 2. Appamaluck, name of a river in Virginia mentioned by John Smith in 1607. Alkarmus Field, Alkermaus— 1641. " On the westerly side of Sandwich Street, including Mount Pleasant Street and the land on both sides and bounded by Gallows Lane on the west.
Page 18 - Agwanus — an unloading place." Appaum, Apaum, Umpame. "The ancient name applied to that part of Plymouth on one side of Town Brook, Patuxet, the name applied to the other side" (letter from William T. Davis, Sept. 19, 1906). ' ' Umpame, written Apaum in the Colony Records, is the name of Plymouth in Churches History, and so it is called still (1815) by the natives of Massapee.
Page 22 - Hobbamak by permission of the colony before 1623." (WTD, ALM Ply., p. 162.) This tract consists of about four acres at the top of the hill. Hobbamak or, aa his name is spelled by Samuel G. Drake, Hobomok, was a Wampanoag Indian, always a great friend of the English and served them often as a guide and interpreter. The Pilgrim Colony owed much to the two Indians Squanto...

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