About the Indian College Students

Name

Tribe

Home

Class

Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck

Aquinnah Wampanoag

Holmes Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

 1665

Joel Iacoombs 

Aquinnah Wampanoag

Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

 1665

John Wampus

Nipmuc

near Grafton, Mass.

 1669

Eleazar

Wampanoag

unknown

 1679

Benjamin Larnell

Nipmuc

Mendon, Mass.

 1716

Separated from family and community, Native students faced some of the same adversities that they would have at home. Englishmen were largely immune from the epidemic diseases that deeply affected Native peoples, whose villages could be wiped out by smallpox or other afflictions.

It is estimated that 75–90% of the local Native population succumbed to these early epidemics. Three of the five Indian College students were among the casualties.

 

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Untitled painting of the Aquinnah Cliffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, David Vanderhoop, early 20th century, Courtesy Aquinnah Cultural Center.

 

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