Dark Legacy Pt 1- Land Acquistion, Population Displacement, Harvard University, FreeMasonry, Thomas Hollis (Holliston), Edward Hopkins (Hopkinton) MA.
Since alot of posts on this blog have featured cairn/mound sites from Holliston, Hopkinton, and the surrounding area (such as Milford, Ashland, Medway), we should take a closer look at the history of those towns. Most people think that these lands were settled after a Native presence on this land had disappeared, but this isn't exactly the case. Another point I would like to look at is the men behind the creation of these modern day townships after it was taken from Native people's. This is a very important topic that I think most people are ignorant of.
The western part of Holliston MA., and parts of Milford and Hopkinton were occupied by Native people up until 1715-16. This is long after King Philip's War of 1675-76, where alot of the surviving Native people fled to Quebec, Canada, joining the Abenaki communities, or were captured and sold into slavery into the Caribbean Islands, where they inter-married with the black people who were also in slavery down there. There was still a presence in New England, though, after King Philip's War, such as Hassanamessitt in Grafton, the Webster-Dudley Nipmuck, Mashpee Wampanoag, the Narragansett, etc. etc. Apparantley parts of Holliston/ Hopkinton/ Milford were occupied by some Native people up through 1715/16, as was Ashland MA. (the site of the Praying Town of Megunkoquag, present day Megunko Hill by the train station.)
What King Philip's War in 1675/76 did, like the Pequot War in the 1630's did, was it broke the confederacies of the Native Nations in the area, which were once great, and it marginalized the surviving Native people, in contrast to the white European settlers who soon outnumbered the now marginalized native population of survivors and their descendants.
In colonization, nothing happens by sheer coincidence. Everything is planned ahead of time and the agenda of the "movers and shakers" (the elite- bankers, freemasons, kings, parliament, government, institutions, etc.) plays out, according as much to plan as possible. To understand this, we need to understand that the town lands of Holliston and Hopkinton MA. were acquired using funds from two benefactors of Harvard University- Thomas Hollis (from which Holliston is named) and Edward Hopkins (from which Hopkinton is named.) The colonial (and modern) town of Hopkinton was settled and incorporated in 1715, the same year Native people were driven (or perhaps in some cases murdered, but we may never know for sure) from the area (as mentioned above), and Holliston MA. was first settled in certain areas (the downtown/ Lake Winthrop area) in 1659, and the town was incorporated in 1724, shortly after more land was aquired (occupied by Native people) using funds provided by Thomas Hollis, a benefactor of Harvard University.
According to online source wikipedia: "Thomas Hollis was a wealthy English merchant and benefactor of Harvard University. In 1721, he established the Hollis Chair of Dvinity at Harvard... the town of Holliston, Massachusetts is named after him." The Hollis Chair of Divinity at Harvard was the precurssor to the Freemasonry Lodge at Harvard established in the 1920's. All one needs do is google "Harvard Divinity School" and it links you to the Supreme Council of Freemasons at Harvard University, who offer scholarships towards who they consider are some of their best and brightest students (those that they can pick and choose who they know can be helpful in their future careers of furthering their agenda, those who they feel can provide "...service to country and genrally perceived as benefitting the human race.") (Note: as one of my teacher's always said, "define your terms." to benefit the human race in what way?- trust me- what these elitists think is "beneficial" will be the ruin of man-kind- for instance, third world nations are in the state they are in BY DESIGN, after this is accomplished, than these multi-nationals can come in, introduce pharmaceuticals which could be perceived as a benefit but is actually dangerous to human health and the environment, and the people now are completely broken and locked into the agenda of an industrial complex- case study- the Philipines.)
The town of Hopkinton MA. is named after Edward Hopkins, who died in 1657. Harvard University was the chief beneficiary of his trust, and in 1715 Harvard University bought the land that is now Hopkinton, just as they did to the land that is now Holliston. So, plain and simple, through "brother-hood networks" of masonic beneficiaries of Harvard University, WHAT IS TODAY THE LANDS OF HOLLISTON MA. AND HOPKINTON MA. WERE USURPED FROM NATIVE OWNERSHIP. As a matter of fact, it is said that no one knows what happened to some of the Native people of this area- if they drifted away and joined other communites of Nipmucs, such as in Webster/ Dudley, or Nashoba, than it is hard to say if any descendant families know if any of their ancestors came from the Holliston/ Hopkinton/ Milford area. Another possibility is that some of the Native people were murdered by encroaching settlers, for instance, people just don't disappear. For instance many people today will dump chemicals into water-ways on their job and keep it hush-hush, silently encouraged to do so by their bosses because it cuts costs and is convenient for them to do- these are just "repeat offenders" of the kinds of criminal scum that have been on this land since colonial times- the same kinds of people who will laugh after they run over an innocent animal in their cars (such as some of the people I went to high school with). Another possiblity is that some Native people after 1715/16 in this area may have even made it all the way to the saftey of Quebec, Canada, much like what happened after the conflict of King Philip's War in 1675/76. An interesting note on this is, that during King George's War of 1744-48, which was a part of the "French and Indian Wars" that took part largely in New York & New England, the town of Hopkinton MA. was raided by Native people and they took white captives to Quebec, some who stayed with them and inter-married, others who returned to Hopkinton, others still probably victims of war.
Another interesting note about Edward Hopkins (from which the town of Hopkinton gets it's name) is that he survived an assassination attempt in 1646 by an Algonquian tribe in Connecticut (unclear at this point in my research which tribal affiliation carried out the attempt.) In other words, he did not have good relations with Native people, because they probably knew he was up to no good. Edward Hopkins was also politically active in the administration of Oliver Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell was a masonic dictator (affiliated with the puritans- not as poor and oppressed as mainstream history textbooks will tell children in grade school) who usurped the British throne between 1653-1658. According to William Bramley, "under Cromwell, the Puritans were able to assert their religious beliefs into the arena of foreign policy." This is historically around the same time that international banking systems were being set up in countries such as England and France, inflating and destabilizing the economies of said nations, such as the Bank of England and the Bank of Amsterdam. Read the chapters "Funny Money", "Marching Saints", and "William and Mary Have A War" in William Bramley's book "The Gods of Eden" for more info. This just goes to show, that even at a local community level, even in "Small Town USA" the origins of townships are not just "friendly settlers" moving in after Native occupation ceased, the story is much more complicated than most people would care to imagine- we are talking about global elitists with an agenda, here. Nothing just happens "by mistake", events are coldly calculated.
On a finishing note, what happened to Native people a century ago, two centuries ago, etc. is now happening to the American public. For instance in the 18th and 19th centuries, a trader may have sold a displaced, impoverished native person low grade/ tainted whiskey, in which case the drinker went blind as an (side) effect of the alcohol. Today, the pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that is selling the American public no-good pharmaceutical medicines to people with (side) effects such as cancer, death, blindness, loss of hearing, diarrhea, etc. As we will see from Russell Means interviews in the 2nd part of this "dark legacy" series, America is the new reservation.
A picture of a copy of a court document that the Hopkinton town library obtained from the Edward Hopkins' Trust from Harvard University Archives. It is a letter, one of several, written in 1723 by Native people, with several Native co-signers from the plantation of Ponkapoag (another native Praying Town settlement), pleading with the magistrate (or court) that they have no plans to sell or give up their land, that they wish to stay, but they are asking for help (action) from the court because they are being severley threatened by encroaching settlers. I imagine this must have been what the situation was like in the Milford/ Holliston/ Hopkinton area around 1715:
A map of the "Earliest Points of Interest" in Holliston, MA. This section of town is nearby the Hopkinton and Milford town lines. The 2nd line down in the picture says: "Possible Location of Indian Villages." On the other side of Holliston, is the more well-known site of Mucksquit by Lake Winthrop. The Native residents who were here up to 1715/16 were surely adopting colonial European habits, such as housing, but this map gives me the impression there were probably more ancient sites in the area this map is alluding to, as evidenced by the abundance of Native stone-work in the area (cairns, the chamber by Echo Lake, etc.):