Catoneras
(Cir 1600-1666)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Cornelis Jansen Van Texel

Catoneras 548

  • Born: Cir 1600, Montauk Village, Long Island 547,548
  • Partnership (1): Cornelis Jansen Van Texel circa 1624 in Long Island, NY 548,550
  • Died: 1666, Long Island City, NY about age 66 547

  Noted events in her life were:

Ethnicity: Long Island, NY. 548 Jansen married an Indian girl named "Catoneras", the daughter of the Sachem or chief of a tribe of Indians which then lived on , and claimed ownership to that portion of Long Island, situated along the north shore, or sound, about Eaton's Neck <http://www.lihistory.com/spectown/hist008j.htm> in Suffolk County."

Son, Abt 1621, Long Island. 547 Catoneras had a son by a Dutch settler named Cornelis Jansen Van Texel (Tassel). The son, Jan Cornelissen, was raised in a Dutch household, but it does not appear that Catoneras married Cornelis nor is there any evidence that she lived with him in the Dutch settlement. The date of his birth may have been as late as 1625.

Background. 547 There is also very little documentation about Catoneras herself. She is identified as an Indian sachem from Long Island, who passed along the title to a parcel of land called Crab Meadow in the northeastern part of the Town of Huntington to her son, Jan. It appears, however, that she remained in her own village. If she had the status of female sachem or "sunksqua," she must have played an active role in her own community. The term "sunksqua," was first mentioned to Europeans by Roger Williams in his 1643 guide, A Key to the Languages of America. He described them as "queens" who had the same powers as the male sachems. Very often an Indian woman would inherit this status following the death of her husband or father. The few clues that we have raise many fascinating questions for historians, anthropologists and Cornelis Jansen's descendants.


Catoneras had a relationship with Cornelis Jansen Van Texel circa 1624 in Long Island, NY 548.,550 (Cornelis Jansen Van Texel was born circa 1600 548,551.)




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