The Millstone Times September 2021

KIDS Becoming an Eagle Scout By Pam Teel

Seventeen-year-old, Christopher McCormick, of Upper Freehold, received the highest BSA scouting rank this past summer in an Eagle Court of Hon- or Ceremony that was held on August 24th, at the Allentown Presbyterian Church. Christopher looked forward to the ceremony after completing his project and passing his final review. For his project, Christopher built four wheelchair friendly raised planters that went to Project Freedom in Rob- binsville. Project Freedom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. Supportive services such as recreation, training and advoca- cy are offered. Christopher will be a senior this year. He will be attending High Technolo- gy High School in Lincroft, part of the Monmouth County Vo-Tech schools, for math and engineering. Christopher loves baseball. Over the summer, he worked for the Trenton Thunder in their scoreboard and statistics department. He loves Math and science too, and is looking to major in college in either, engineering or sta- tistics. His ideal job would be to work for the N.Y. Yankees, or another Major League Baseball team in their Statistic’s department. Congratulations Christopher for all of your hard work and accomplish- ments!

Interesting People throughout History, The True Story of Pocahontas Continued from page 8... Wahunsenaca did not attend the wedding of his daughter for fear of being captured, but sent her a fine pearl necklace. Through oral history, it was said that she was not allowed to go back to see her family. Pocahontas was brought to England to raise money for the colonists, and was most likely murdered there. She traveled with John Rolfe, her son Thomas, the man who kidnapped her, and several native tribal members, including her sister. Many People in England did not like the atrocities that the colonists bestowed on the villagers. Bringing Pocahontas was an act to show friendship with the native nations and to continue getting financial support for the colonists. Her sister Mattachanna realized that they were all being used, and demanded to go back to her tribe. During her travels in England, Pocahontas confronted John Smith and expressed outrage over the mistreatment of his position as leader of the colonists and his betrayal of the Powhatans. After the colonists finished showing off Pocahontas to the English elites, plans were made to return to Virginia in 1617. According to Mattachanna, Poca- hontas was in good health while on the ship preparing to go home. Shortly after dinner with Rolfe and Argall, she vomited and died. The tribal members ac- cessed that she was poisoned. According to Mattaponi oral history, many of the native people accompanying Pocahontas were sold as servants and carnival attractions. The women, after they were raped, were sent to Bermuda and sold as slaves. Her son Thomas was left in England after her death. Pocahontas’s first born, a girl, was raised by the Patawomeck tribe. She was called Ka-okee. The lineage of Ka-okee includes singer Wayne Newton, a member of the Vir- ginia State recognized Powhatan Patawomeck Tribe. Pocahontas was 20 years old at the time of her death. She was, in essence, a prisoner, after being kidnapped. She was forced to leave her family, her child, forced into Christianity and into dressing and acting a different way, and was most likely coerced into a marriage with John Rolfe in an effort to keep the peace between the colonists and her tribe, though Rolfe most likely married her to gain access to the secret of curing tobacco. Instead of being taken home to her father after her death, Rolfe and Argall took her to Gravesend, England where she was buried at Saint George’s Church. Heartbroken that he had never tried to rescue his daughter, for fear of his tribe being killed, he died of grief less than a year later. History books make out

John Smith and John Rolfe as heroes, but real history and real facts presented by tribal members paint a different story. The only known artist rendering of Pocahontas was done in England in 1616. She was dressed in English clothing.

The True Story of Pocahontas, The Other Side of History, by Mattaponi Tribal Historian, Dr. Linwood “little Bear” Custalow and Angela L. Daniel, “Silver Star” are based on true facts passed on from generation to generation. The book can be found on Amazon. Makes you wonder howmuch more of our history has been rewritten.

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