Some time ago I posted The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse. It was about a young Molly Barber who married against her fathers wishes a Narragansette Native Indian named James Chaugham. That story is still on my blog.
Briefly James Chaugham was born c l7l0 in Block Island, R I, and died in c l790 in Riverton, CT. He married Molly Barber l740. They had eight children. Sally, Samuel, Soloman, Meribah ( Mary ), Hannah Sands, Mercy Mary (Polly) and Elizabeth
It was some time later that I received a message from Coni Dubois explaining that she is a direct descendant of the Chaugham family line. Coni has spent many years of research after her father had requested her to trace the family tree.This has become her life’s mission to find her Native American Roots which up until now has taken more than 20 years.
Coni began by putting all the main pieces of the puzzle together, she knew that she had years of work ahead of her in order to connect all the true lineages. Most research of l600′s about the main Chieftains of NY, CT,MA, & NJ has been done but Coni’s main research has been of the New York and Long Island Native Americans
As a direct descendant Coni’s work is based on that of Tackapausha, Tasstasuk,, Soweag, Sassacus, Mechoswodt tribes and many more..Her Chagaum line was involved with many land deals with the Dutch and the English- they were the Scouts / Interpreters, and on occasions the Peace Makers and Medicine Men / Women and direct descendants of those mentioned above.
Basically Coni has organized all geneaology of these Native Americans and documented them and sourced them with anything that has ever been written about them in their geneaology file, she believes that if it is written then it belongs to them – it is their legacy – it is their story.
During her research Coni has copied and added each and every book, document, file, photo, any vital record or family keepsakes and so much more to these people and the section of their stories in order to make it as accurate as possible. One such item was that her family walked The Trail of Tears.
Coni Dubois hopes that she will add more to the story she has uncovered and honor them their stories through her research. Her quest, is still to find her Native American bloodline. It has taken many people like her that care about their true American history to dig in and try to find the truth. Her wishes are to walk the lands of her people and pay her respects to her ancesters and their resting places. She is frequently updating her quest to find her roots and while doing so many remaining relatives of her blood line have contacted her thus helping to fit the pieces together.
Lighthouse Tribe of Barkhamsted
Although Coni’s family are not in any “tribe ” or “ registered “ she has always followed the Native American ways. She grew up off the lands herself – all her people were mostly farmers, she has always been close to nature as much as possible. Our ancestors live thru us Coni says - we look like them and we share the same traits.
Coni works with many tribes and is constantly visiting The Barkhamsted Lighthouse where her ancestors are buried , she just wants to record all she can now before its too late.
The Barkhamsted Lighthouse Cemetery
Coni at the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Cemetery.
For more information go to WWW.CONIDUBOIS.WORDPRESS.COM There is much much more if you are interested in this family tree.
There will be a great family re-union on July 2nd-6th 20l5 Anyone wishing to join please contact Coni.