Mollocket, baptized Mary Agatha, was living in the town, at the "Meeting of the Waters," with "Old Philip" and his family, when Mr. Ezekiel Merrill moved into the town in 1789. She was probably nearly 60 years old then, as she had a daughter Mollysoosup and a granddaughter Abbaquisqua, the latter about 20 at that time. Nothing is known of her husband, and of the ultimate fate of her daughter, who did not often accompany her, nothing is known.
Mollocket came from Fryeberg here, and the earliest settlers thought she belonged to the Mohawk tribe, but she really belonged to the Pequawket tribe, who once inhabited these regions, of whom she is supposed to be the last survivor. She was accustomed to travel a circuit of about 60 miles through Fryeburg, Bethel, Andover, Newry, etc., living chiefly on the charity of the settlers after they came. She made baskets, wove wampum, and made some pretense to skill as a doctoress, officiating at the birth of Susan Merrill, the first white child born in Andover. Her wants were always supplied by those among whom she lived. She was generally well-clothed and possessed quite a number of ornaments, both gold and silver, especially the former. She was in the habit of occasionally visiting the lakes, probably for the purpose of hunting here. She lived with bands of wandering Indians, who from time to time visited these regions, chiefly members of the St. Francis tribe, who came down from their headquarters on the river of that name. She lived on very good terms with Natallock and his family. Although supposed to have been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, in her later life she entered the Methodist Church, which she probably joined at Fryeberg.
Her character for honesty and good behavior was never impeached, and
she appears to have had some religious feeling. As she expressed it in
her own language, "When she was traveling and felt in a pious mood, she
always walked straight, and it she came to a puddle of water in
her road, she wouldn't turn out for it".
The Inscription says:
In the spring of 1816, Mollocket being at the lakes, was taken ill at Beaver Brook, above the narrows on Lake Molechunkamunk. She was assisted down to Andover by some friendly Indians, who remained there about two weeks taking care of her. At the end of that time they represented to the authorities of the town that it would be better for the town to take charge of her, than to have the whole party on their hands, for if they stayed to take care of her they could not hunt and support themselves. They then left, and the town authorities took charge of her. They made a contract with Mr. Thomas Bragg to keep her the rest of her life. She so strongly objected to enter his house, saying, "Me want to die in a camp, that is the home for poor Indian." that a small camp was built for her, in which she remained till her death, receiving every attention necessary for her comfort. She was very patient in her last illness, and when asked if she were prepared to die, replied, "Me guess so, be here good many years." She died August 2, 1816, and was buried in the Andover graveyard. A funeral sermon was preached for her by the Rev. John Strickland, which was largely attended. A stone was erected to her memory, from the proceeds of a celebration held in Andover of the Fourth of July, 1867 for that purpose. After her death, her effects, which were scattered about, some in Andover, some in Newry, etc., were collected and sold at public auction, and the proceeds were nearly sufficient to cover the expenses of her illness and burial. Some of these articles are still in existence, and I possessed at one time the pouch in which she was accustomed to carry her jewelry.
A legend was current in Oxford County that Mollocket had been possessed of a good deal of money, which she had buried somewhere in the south part of Andover, by the side of a large stone. Search was made for it by various persons, but there is no reliable account of its ever having been found. A story is related that some years after her death some observing individual discovered the mark on an Indian arrow pointing in a north east direction on a rock on the river bank in Rumford. On further search, he perceived other marks of the same kind scattered along on different trees indicating a line in the direction of Farmer's Hill. Pursuing this route, he finally came to a large stone on this hill, in the south part of Andover, where he found the same mark out in the rock pointing downward. On clearing away the leaves around it, he found that the earth had been removed at some former period. As night was now coming on, he proceeded no further, but went home to obtain the necessary tools to make an excavation. On returning early the next morning, he found the earth had been freshly worked, and could perceive vanishing into the woods two men, who carried what appeared to be a kettle slung on a pole from their shoulders. Thus ends the tale of Mollocket's buried treasure.
SOURCE: "Andover Memorials" by Sylvanus Poor and Agnes Blake Poor. Printed with permission of the owner, The Andover Educational Fund, Inc.
Copyright 1998 by Robert A. Spidell, All Rights Reserved
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