Tom Sherman Timeline

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Last saved a few seconds ago 1730 Indian Gideon Mauwee establishes a permanent settlement at a prime hunting and fishing place on the Housatonic River in Kent, inviting displaced Indians from all over Connecticut to join him. It is the nucleus of the Schaghticoke tribe. 1763 Golden Hill Indians file protest with the Connecticut General Court that whites had taken over 7/8 of their reservation lands, pastured their hogs and cattle in the cornfields the Paugussetts needed for sustenance, and pulled down the wigwams they needed for shelter. 1765 The General Court absolves the white squatters, reducing the reservation down to its last 12 acres. The Indians are 'compensated ' with an eight-acre rock-strewn woodlot three miles distant…show more content…
After complaints of European settler encroachment on indian land, the General Assembly gives the Golden Hill 20 abutting acres now known as the Nimrod Lot and the Rocky Hill Lot. Golden Hill remained the seat of the chief of the tribe, Tom Sherman, and his clan, who were regarded as the keepers of this sacred place. 1776 The Revolutionary War begins. Tom Sherman joins an Indian brigade and fights zealously for the Patriot cause. 1790 The First congress of the United States passes the Indian Trade and Non-Intercourse Act, requiring that Congress approve any sale of Indian land. 1800 1802 The Connecticut General Assembly permits the sale of the Nimrod and Rocky Hill lots, with the proceeds put in trust for the Golden Hill tribe. Tribal land in other towns is sold, or purchased and re-sold. 1821 Settlement begins of an Indian village on the shores of Bridgeport Harbor a mile to the south of the town center. 1825 William Sherman, pivotal chieftain of the Paugussett tribe, is born, probably at a woodland camp in the town of Monroe. He becomes first mate on whaling ships and ventures around the world eight times. 1828 Turkey Hill Paugussett Joel Freeman moves from Derby to the Bridgeport Indian settlement and becomes its leader for the next 37 years.…show more content…
Indians from the South End settlement enlist together and fight valiantly in many of the major battles. Several die in action. 1886 Rev. Samuel Orcutt completes his History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport. It gives a major biography of William Sherman and adds a detailed tribal history. 1886 William Sherman deeds his home and lot over to the tribal overseer in perpetuity as a permanent land base for the Golden Hill tribe. He dies a few short months later. 1893 Ethel Sherman, the daughter of a Paugussett and a Pequot, is born. She will marry four times and become Rising Star, clan mother of the Golden Hill tribe. 1900 1916 Aurelius H. Piper, the only son of Ethel Sherman, is born. His father is a Cherokee, according to a genealogy. Piper gradually assumes leadership of the tribe and becomes known as Chief Big Eagle. 1933 Ethel Sherman installed as 'Princess Rising Star ' in elaborate ceremonies at the reservation. It is attended by noted Indian activists from across America. 1935 State Parks and Forestry Commission assumes oversight of Connecticut 's four recognized Indian tribes. 1938 George Sherman, chief of the Golden Hill tribe following the death of his father William, dies. He is succeeded by his son Edward, 'Chief Black
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