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The Potatuck (also Pohtatuck, Pootatuck) were a Native American tribe that existed during and prior to colonial times in western Connecticut, USA. They were a sub-group of the Paugussett Nation and lived in what is present day Newtown, Woodbury and Southbury. They were a farming and fishing culture, cultivating corn, squash, beans and tobacco and fishing in freshwater and possibly traveling to the coast to fish in summer months.[1]

They eventually amalgamated with the Weantinock and other indigenous people to form Schaghticokes in western Connecticut.[citation needed]


 Charles W. Brilvitch (2007). A History of Connecticut's Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe. The History Press. pp. 13--14. ISBN 978-1596292963.

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The Indians of the Housatonic and Naugatuck Valleys - Google Books Result

Samuel Orcutt - 1882 - History - 220 pages
This indicates that all the various clans of the Potatuck Indians were one tribe, under one general government, on both sides of the Housatonic, then called under one general government, on both sides of the Housatonic, then called the Potatuck river, to the Massachusetts line; and to this conclusion we are led by the signatures of later deeds, for some of the signers to the Woodbury deeds of 1700, 1705, and 1706, and some of those to a deed of lands north of Woodbury in 1716, are the same men who signed the New Milford deed in 1703.

One of these names underwent several rather amusing changes. We find it in 1705, as Cotsure, in 1716 as Corkscrew, and in 1739, to a New Milford deed, Cocksure, which was not long afterwards changed to Cogswell, under which name some of the lineal descendants are still residing in New Milford.

On the 18th of May, 1700, the inhabitants of the town, having become numerous for those days, made their fourth, or Nonnewaug Purchase. To this time, it seems that the sagamore of that name had retained his possessions in the valley of the Nonnewaug or East Sprain stream. But now it came his turn to make room, and it seems that he and his companions did it with a good grace, as the deed informs us, the sale was made
" For valid considerations moveing thereto, besides y' y* desire y' is w,hin us of a friendly correspondency wlh y* English Inhabitants of s*1 Woodbury."
For these considerations and inducements they granted
" All y' parcell of Land, bee it more or less, by estimation six square miles; And bounded on y* East w* y* stated Boundaries between y* inhabitants of Sl1 Woodbury and Waterbury, Bounded North w" y* Bound granted by y* Genri Court to y* s11 Inhabitants of Woodbury; Bounded West w* Land belonging to Indians as yet not purchased by y* sd English at a Brook well known both by English and Indians, called y* North-Spraine, taking in y* sd Brook, as it runs North and South, so that this o' Deed of sale comp'hends all y* Land bounded West w"1 y* sd North-Spraine, and East w" Waterbury &^ Woodbury Bounds, taking in all ye land on botk sides of ye East Sprain. And bounded South wlb y* Land formerly purchased by y* English Inhabitants of sd Woodbury."

In y behalf of himself and all potatuck Indians confirming this Bill of Sale Exactly recorded from y* originall this 16th day of May 1701 P' John Minor recordr"

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