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MOHICAN GEOGRAPHIC NAMES

The majority of this information comes from "Appendix A: Recorded Land Transactions" and "Appendix B: Names, Locations, Relationships" in Shirley Dunn's book The Mohicans and Their Land 1609-1730, Fleischmanns, N.Y.: Purple Mountain Press Ltd., 1994. Other information has been gleaned from additional sources.

It has been thought that few Mohican geographic names were known. Upon listing these place names, one can see that this is not the case. The names do exist if someone cares to find them. Further, the recorded personal names of Mohican people attest to them as the original holders of the land. The deeds record the names of many more Mohican people who owned unnamed land.

Deeds were a European invention introduced into this country. The original people, including the Mohicans, used oral history to remember their transactions. Early European settlers sometimes used the original peoples' lack of written record to illegally claim land and record it under their own names, denying it forever to the original people.

Corresponding present day locations are noted in red.

Nabdskoock Packwack/Pachwack
Mohican Name English Name or Description Mohican Owner
Achkoockpeek Lake in southern Columbia Co., N.Y.
Achneganick The second of four flats along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. or Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Kenachkehantick, Awaankaniss, Taashammik)
Amissohaendiek The land named in the Saratoga Patent
Assiskowachkok The fourth of five large flats at Leeds, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Pachquyak, Potik, Wachachkeek, Wichguanachtikak) Maetsepak, Tamongwes, Papawachketik, Mamaetcheek, Kachketowao, Unekeek, Sinhoe, Manueenta
Awaankaniss The third of four flats along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. or Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Kenachkehantick, Achenganik, Taashammik Nishotawa, Awaanpaak, Panewatt
Cachtanaquick Lower Schodack Island, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Wisquemett
Canasenix Kill in Greene Co., N.Y. (see Pesquanachqua)
Caniskek Tract of land along the Murderer's Creek near Athens, Greene Co., N.Y. Keesiewey, Sachemoes, Papeuna, Masseha, Mawinata
Chawtiekignank/Chawtishegnack Creek in Schoharie Co., N.Y.
Cickhekawick Land at the mouth of the Kinderhook Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Dowaelsojacx Location in Saratoga Co., N.Y.
Escotak Schodack, Rensselaer Co., N.Y.
Gastanek Albany, Albany, Co., N.Y.
Gawamick Tract of land on the Murderer's creek near Athens, Greene Co., N.Y.
Gokameko Ancram, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Hapamewaisck Largest of three islands opposite Menands, Albany Co., N.Y. Passenehennewou, Cawichtack
Hiethoock Lake in northern Columbia Co., N.Y.
Hoseke Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., N.Y.
Kaghkamekack Location in Columbia Co., N.Y. Ampamit Sinho, Naghnakanet, Manounip Sinho, Paghapeet, Wassamakon, Kaghawap, Johannis Sinho, Managhonos
Kaphack/Kapakagh (probably) Northernmost of two flats on the west side of the Housatonic River in Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Machachquichkak) Tatankemitt
Kaunameek Indian village near Brainard, Rensselaer Co., N.Y.
Keekameek Location on Kinderhook Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y. Etowohkoam
Kehantick Field (maize land) in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Paantachnatt, Paunichkam
Kenachkehantick Waterfall in the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. or Berkshire Co., Mass.
Kewaghteqak The creek "running into the great Kinderhook hill," Columbia Co., N.Y.
Kichpa One of three flats in southern Columbia Co., N.Y. (see Nickan hoek and Wichquaskaha)
Kightamonk Tract of land in Town of Wappinger, Dutchess Co., N.Y. Tapuas (Wappinger band of Munsee Delaware), Wattawit
Kokohamok Lake in the Town of Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn.
Kyskitam meetshe Tract of land on the north side of the Kaaterskill, near Kiskatom, Greene Co., N.Y.
Koxhackhung Coxsackie, Greene Co., N.Y. Sioketa, Sachamoes
Mathahenaack Land at Half Moon, Saratoga Co., N.Y.
Machachquichkak Southernmost of two flats on the west side of the Housatonic River, Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Kaphack)
Machaktehank Location in Litchfield Co., Conn.
Machemene Pakak The fourth and northernmost of four flats along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. or Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Pacachkook, Soquawaen, Nanachquak, Taasham)
Mackawameek Barents' or Barren Island
Maghtequack Rattlesnake Mountain, Town of Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Mass.
Mawauaemkaeck Brook in Washington Co., N.Y.
Maquamsasick One of two plains on the Catskill Creek, Town of Cairo, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Taghpokight)
Maroomskaak Walloomsac River, Washington Co., N.Y.
Mathahenaack Foremost of the land called Halfe Moone
Mawanaqasick Woodland and high woods in Columbia Co., N.Y. Keesiewey
Menanoke Island in the Hudson below Albany
Muhheconnetuck Hudson River, New York State
Bears Island
Nachawinasick Land surrounding and including the Cohoes Falls, N.Y. Anemehanit
Nachawithquaack Location on the Hoosick River, Rensselaer Co., N.Y.
Nachtemack Half Moon, Saratoga Co., N.Y.
Makemekassick Kline Kill, a small creek emptying into the Kinderhook Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Nakawasick Tract of land in Dutchess Co., N.Y. Catharicksett, Nanakem
Nanachquak The second of four flats along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. and Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Pacachkook, Soquawaen, Taasham, Machemene Pakak)
Nanoseck Small island near Papscanee Island, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Also called Little Coopers Island Syme, Capachick, Nachonan
Nehanenesick Green Island, Albany Co., N.Y.
Nickan hooke One of three flats in southern Columbia Co., N.Y. (see Kichpa and Wichquaskaha)
Noten Hoeck Nutten Hook Wattawit, Onackheska, Meetsickameek
Owseetumac Housatonic River, Berkshire Co., Mass. And Litchfield Co., Conn.
Paanpack Troy, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Peyhaunet
Pacachkook The area containing four flats aong the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. and Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Soquawaen, Nanachquak, Taasham, and Machemene Pakak)
Pachgatgoch Location 40 miles downstream from Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Mass.
Pachanhanit Green Island, Albany Co., N.Y.
Pachkanesecq Kill in Columbia Co., N.Y.
Pachonakelick An island one half mile above Castleton, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Also called Ghonankenigh Island Maghsapeet (Machack niemanauw), Sansewaneuwe, Paneensenn, Nipapoa
Pachquyak Third of five large flats at Leeds, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Assiskowachkok, Potik, Wachachkeek, Wichguanachtikak)
Fall in Housatonic River, Berkshire Co., Mass.
Palipapaenpemock Creek in Columbia Co., N.Y.
Pamshenakasick Woodland in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., N.Y.
Panamesick Flat land in Columbia Co., N.Y. Kieesiewey (Pamitepiet)
Panhooseck Land from the Hudson River to the Poestenkill and between the two rivers, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Ampamit
Paponicuck Muitzeskill Creek Wanemenhett, Askantha
Papsickene Papscanee Island, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Casehot, Onhaseme, Kamkebock, Sickewope, Nosenack, Ochkock, sons of Papsickene
Paptaneck Location in Columbia Co., N.Y.
Pasanthkack Kinderhook Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Paskoecq Kill near Leeds, Greene Co., N.Y.
Patkook One of ten flats along the river and kill beyond the Claverack Creek (see Potamhasik and Stichsooch) Keesieway (Pamitapiet)
Patschachticoke, meaning where the rivers or streams fork Near Claverack, on Claverack Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Pawachtuek Fall in the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. or Berkshire Co., Mass.
Peghtels Small island, Albany Co., N.Y. Nosewigh Kanett, Manuwepen
Pesquanachqua Tract of land in Greene Co., N.Y. along the Kaaterskill Creek
Pittanoock Creek in northern Columbia Co., N.Y.
Pompenick Land above Kinderhook, Columbia Co., N.Y., on the east side of the Kinderhook Creek, east of Valatie
Ponsumpie Ore Hill
Popgassick Woodland in Lansingburgh, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Anaemhaenitt
Potakuk Location 20 miles downstream from Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Mass.
Potamhasik One of ten flats along the river and kill beyond the Claverack Creek (see Patkook and Stichsooch) Keesieway (Pamitapiet)
Potik The fifth of five large flats at Leeds, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Assiskowachkok, Pachquyak, Wachachkeek, Wichguanachtikak)
Potschotack Land in Columbia Co., N.Y. Keesiewey
Preeuwen hoeck Tract of land from the second cliff to the little kill along the Claverack Creek
Puttanhenck Small waterfall in Columbia Co., N.Y.
Quachanock Tract of land in Greene Co., N.Y. near the Kaaterskill Creek
Quahemesicos Van Schaick Island, part of Cohoes, Albany Co., N.Y. Hamenet, Anemhameth, Knaep, Kishocama
Quatawichnaak Fall on the Kaaterskill Creek
Quequictenhoecke Fall on the Hoosic River
Querapogatt Location in Litchfield Co., Conn.
Quisichkook Jansens Kill near Tachkanick, Columbia Co., N.Y
Saaskahampka Location in Dutchess Co., N.Y.
Sanchaiek/Sanckhaik Three flats of land along the western part of the Hoosic River. (Also, a tract of land in Washington Co., N.Y.) Mesekampe, Wachkehoostachqua
Sanckhagag Tract of land, Albany Co., N.Y. Papsickene, Keraptac, Nankoutamhat, Sickenosen
Sankhasick Island opposite Bethlehem, Albany Co., N.Y.
Wickepe, Wawwanhusqua, Osquasin, Seepsin, Kanochgape, Kachackpa, Manhachsepite wewan
Sanckhenak Land at the mouth of the Roelof Jansen Kill, southern Columbia Co., N.Y. (see Nickan Hooke, Kichpa and Wichquaskaha) Ottonowaw, Tataemshaet, Tamaranachquae, Wawanitsayaw, Newamee, Auxhys, Oothout, Mamaraneehtak, Takanitto, Attoquassowaa, Kachkanamow, Sausquas, Kipaquachane
Sapgtnack/Saptanok/Sassgtonack Fall in Housatonic River, Berkshire Co., Mass. (also called Tapgtonak)
Sasskahampka Location in southern Columbia Co., N.Y.
Schaahkook Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Masahae, Mahatawee, Caemskaek, Aesiah, Quauch, Jan Coneel, Schachaempe, Tassawampe, Ahoutowamit
Semesseeck Tract of land on the east bank of the Hudon River between Rensselaer and Castleton, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Nawanemit
Sepewechkaseck Tract of land in Columbia Co., N.Y.
Shekomeko Shekomeko, Dutchess Co., N.Y.
Siekatom Hill at Coeymans, Albany Co., N.Y.
Soquawaen The first of four plains along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. and Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Pacachkook, Nanachquak, Taasham, Machemene Pakak)
Squampamuck Ghent, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Squegkanekaneck Location in Berkshire Co., Mass. or Columbia Co., N.Y.
Squoghantkaneek Location in Berkshire Co., Mass. or Columbia Co., N.Y.
Stichsooch One of ten flats along the river and kill beyond the Claverack Creek (see Potamhasick and Patkook) Keesieway (Pamitapiet)
Stichtekook High woods in Greene Co., N.Y.
Styffsink Hill to the west of the Nutten Hook, N.Y.
Taasham The third of four flats along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. and Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Pacachkook, Soquawaen, Nanaachquak, Machemene Pakak)
Taashammik The fourth of four flats along the Housatonic River, Litchfield Co., Conn. and Berkshire Co., Mass. (see Kenachkehantick, Achneganick, Awaankaniss)
Tachkanak/Tachkanik/Taconic/ Taghkanic Town, village and mountain range in Columbia Co., N.Y. Tataemshatt, Michiel, Waquassamo, Amesett, Tawihaes, Nishotowaw, Minasees, Nanamawe, Tantapenowa, Mamatittawawpe, Mohowacghqua, Guttatamo
Taghpokight One of two plains on the Catskill Creek, Town of Cairo, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Maquamsasick)
Tapgtonak/Sapgtnack Fall in Housatonic River, Berkshire Co., Mass.
Taphaes kotassick One of two flats along the Kinderhook Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y. Machaneek
Taskichenock Wet meadows in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. Paantachnatt, Paunichkam
Tionwenendendahow Creek and fall in Saratoga Co., N.Y.
Twastawekaksipus, meaning "creek flowing from sweet springs" Claverack Creek, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Waantinuuk River in Litchfield Co., Conn.
Wachachkeek Leeds Flat, one of five flats at Leeds, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Assiskowachkok, Pachqquyak, Potik, Wichguanachtikak)
Wachanekasseck Small creek opposite Catskill, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Waen Naemka Tract of land along the Murderer's Creek near Athens, Greene Co., N.Y.
Wampanicksepoot Green River in Columbia Co., N.Y. and Berkshire Co., Mass.
Wapakosick River in Columbia Co., N.Y.
Wappennakvias Sweet River
Wata Pickkaak Creek in southern Berkshire Co., Mass. Or northern Litchfield Co., Conn.
Wawanaquasick Stone pile once located in Town of Livingston, Columbia Co., N.Y.
Weatogue/Weatock Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn. Catharicksett, Takomp, Conekamow, Jhenem
Wechquatnach 50 mi. downstream from Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Mass.
Weeatauwashoke Hill in the Town of Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn.
Weeputting Mountain in Litchfield Co., Conn.
Wichguanachtikak Second of five large flats at Leeds, Greene Co., N.Y. (see Assiskowachkok, Pachquyak, Potik, Wachachkeek) Maetsepak, Tamongwes, Papawachketik, Mamaetcheek, Kachketowao, Unekeek, Sinhoe, Manueenta
Wichquaskaha One of three flats in southern Columbia Co., N.Y. (see Nickan hooke and Kichpa)
Wimpeting Location seven miles south of Sharon, Litchfield Co., Conn.
Wishshiag Wassaic, Dutchess Co., N.Y.
Wogaskewackook Lake in northern Columbia Co., N.Y.
Womunting Location in Dutchess Co., N.Y.
Wyanchtee Creek in Town of Wappinger, Dutchess Co., N.Y.

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