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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wicocomino Native Lineage

William Taptico3 and Elizabeth??  My 7th great grandparents (paternal)
and last werowance of the Wicocomino Tribe of Virginia Chesapeake Bay area. William died in 1719 and the tribe was considered extinct on this date.

Thanks to extensive research by many, particularly early Virginia archeologist Helen C. Roundtree, then a DNA test by a male direct line of my Wiley Doke Tapp7 (Vincent6, William5, William4, William3 William2, Machywap1), the Taptico family is now in history books and proven Amer American/Native which ever term you view.  
This William3 was the son of another named William2, the first named Wicocomino werowance/king (Americanized "chief").  My paternal gr gr grandmother was Sarah Frances Tapp born 13 Feb 1859 in Henderson, Henderson County, KY.  Her father was Wiley Doke Tapp7 born 28 Apr 1835 in Henderson, Henderson County, KY.  His father was Vincent Tapp6 then dating back through the male line of 4 William’s.

I’ve been obsessed with Native history and rituals since early childhood.  I only met my biological father as an adult, about 12 years ago.  Needless to say,I knew nothing of his genealogy until I began my journey to know my ancestors about that same time.

DNA is really opening up so much.  One of the most important for me will be finding how much of native genealogy has been suppressed.  This Taptico family integrated with British settlers, marrying British women, adapting British attire, and surviving by suppressing their heritage.  Unfortunately, this included the ownership of slaves in Virginia.  

William2 is believed to be the son of Machywap1 (documented in Helen C. Roundtree’s scholarly researched book “Pocahontas’s People:  The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries”, page 123.)  Machywap was the weroance of the Sekakowon (Chiskacone) tribe which the English pressured to merge with the Wicocomino tribe with Machywap being the ruler of this merger.  The Wicocomino’s didn’t take kindly to this and Machywap and his families lives were in danger.  It is believed that Machwap’s son, William, was raised with the British at this time.  This is speculative as no primary documentation at this time can prove this emphatically, but this conclusion can explain why William2 Taptico, King of the Wicocomico’s, was so wealthy and dressed in British attire. HelenRountree did not make this link in her book referenced above, published in 1990.

History's suppression of this integration between white and natives may be why no native oral history exists for this lineage.  This is why DNA is so important to open up this long suppression of heritage and the truth.

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