The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse (update)

01 Aug

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.

Coni Dubois Coni Dubois

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

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 2

The  Barkhamsted Lighthouse Cemetery






Coni at the Barkhamsted Light House cemetery.

Coni at the  Barkhamsted Lighthouse Cemetery.


For more information go to

Coni also has a DNA Project at new





Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Archaeology


10 responses to “The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse (update)

  1. Coni Dubois

    August 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Everyone can find all my research (free to read & download) on my blog at – thank you Rita for sharing our story~ hugs


  2. nutsfortreasure

    August 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Wonderful piece. We all need to know where we came from.

    I spent a lot of time on Block Island.


    • ritaroberts

      August 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Hi Eunice Thanks for reading. Its a lovely story isn’t it. Have you any photo’s of Block Island at all.?


      • nutsfortreasure

        August 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

        No my ex husband burned all of my past before 78 😦


  3. dorannrule

    August 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Sooooo interesting Rita. Thank you for sharing. And I wish Coni well in this colossal endeavor,


    • ritaroberts

      August 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Thanks for reading Dora. I love this story what a fantastic achievement for Coni.


  4. Coni Dubois

    January 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Reblogged this on "Ever Widening Circle".

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Elsie

    January 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm



  6. ritaroberts

    January 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Ritaroberts's Blog.



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