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July  2012


First Instance of Word "Machepongo"


In a deposition taken in 1723 in Jamestown, we find the following:


Hamor stated that the 8 baskets of corn, each containing "21 Cans at Machepongo" appears to be part of the corn brought in by Savage who had purchased them for "truck" paid by Hamor. He also mentioned a thousand "blew beads" on his shallop.  




Blunt - an Indian Interpreter


A Study of Virginia Indians and Jamestown: The First Century (chapter 10 table link)

Abstracts: Acts of Assembly

Abstracts: Colonial Papers (Library of Virginia)

        Abstracts: Correspondenc

        Abstracts: County Records


Surry County:













Haun 1991:3



Blunt & Nottoway and Weyonok e Indians


4 July 1693


Act re Indian hogs. Thomas Blunt, interpreter, is to notify these Indians about marking their hogs.



Act entitled

"An Act concerning Indians Hoggs" made "2 March

last:" 6 months after proclamation, the court is empowered to assigne a particular mark for the towns of the Nottoways and the Waynoke Indians.




Fort Branch on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation


“Are you up for a challenge?”, I asked Baylus.  “Actually, this might not be much of a challenge for you.”


The hubbub related to the discovery of the fort icon on John White’s map had died down and it had nearly been forgotten as yesterday’s news, when a discovery in a document brought it to the forefront again.


I had been transcribing Tuscarora deeds in Bertie County and guess what I came across? A reference to "Fort Branch."  I'd really like to know where this Fort Branch is/was in relation to the Tuscarora reservation in relation to John White’s map with the fort.  Maybe it's a different fort....or maybe it's not.  So I asked Baylus, “Do you want the info to work with?  Is this tempting to you????”  Of course, I knew the answer.


Here’s the deed that started this little expedition:


Book S, p 690/691 - Indians to Johnston - June 15, 1803 Sacarusa and Longbeard


Chief of the Tuscarora Nation to Samuel W. Johnston - beginning on the bridge on the Fort Branch, up the said branch to the mouth of a branch, down the branch to a maple near Mrs. Pughs...containing 10 pay yearly one cent on demand on Dec. 25th. - leased until 1916.

Signed Sacarusa and Longboard (sealed, no Xs), witnesses William W. Johnston and Frances Pugh X


Baylus says, “I'm finding "Fort Branch" as a reference to a waterway/creek near the town of Aulander at the Bertie/Hertford County line, about 25 miles NW from the location of the fort on White's map.  I've included a topo map showing it.





The reference in the deeds is similar to the reference to "Cow's Branch" that's often mentioned with it and I think the "branch" parts is just a reference to a branch of water. I believe this is a creek, but it may refer to an earlier fort built on that creek or branch.

It's just west of Ahoskie, though and not a place that Ralph Lane would have visited (too far inland).”


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