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A Man Called Sampson by Will Ottery & Rudi Ottery


Alert: Final Remaining copies…

This ground-breaking book is an excellent study of a Connecticut tribe who migrated to Brothertown, New York, in the late 1700’s. (This is for the paperback book, does not include the companion photo album which is out of print)



Alert: Last remaining copies….

We reluctantly must note a change in the e-store pricing for “A man called Sampson” which members have purchased from the Tribe for many years is now $135.00 for the books still available.

The BIN store is the only place to order a new and uncirculated edition of “A man Called Sampson” by Will and Rudi Ottery and we only have a few copies left. Used versions are very rare but are available from two vendors we know about, for around $150 (Amazon and Abe books) to the best of our knowledge, and there appear to be only 3 available in total.  

While this is unfortunate, the books pricing has remained unchanged since first given to the tribe to help supplement tribal revenue and to educate our members on our history and keep this book as affordable as possible. Again, all proceeds do go to the tribe. 

Thankfully, the book is available in many libraries, universities, and research institutions, however many members have chosen to own their own copies and hand these down to their future generations as heirlooms of their heritage. This is the chief reason so few are seen available for sale as used in the marketplace.

Discussions and research on a possible long-term solution are happening, but no decisions have been finalized and any ultimate decision will take time.  What we do know is that currently we are down to the final copies, and we will run out shortly.  We thought an explanation was needed as the pricing has remained unchanged since first offered by the Tribe.

Book description: (This is the book and does not include the original companion photo album.) The Native Americans of New England have received scant genealogical attention despite 350 years of documented history. This ground-breaking book is an excellent study of one branch of a Connecticut tribe who migrated to Brothertown, New York, in the late 1700’s. The first fifty pages review the long and troubled history of the Pequots and the mass migration of many Pequots, Mohegans, and others to the Brothertown community, led by minister Samson Occum. The genealogical section, arranged in Register format, begins with a sachem called Nimrod, born about 1580, and details the lives and times of five generations down to one Sampson of Mashantucket, born about 1730. The authors have attempted, with admirable success, to trace all the descendants of his son James Sampson, the Brothertown settler, down to the 1980’s. Each chapter is well footnoted. The  original book is further supplemented by The Sampson Photo Album (not included here), a separate 177-page volume of 1,500 to 2,000 faces photocopied from photographs. A Man Called Sampson is as much an historical document as a genealogical register; in a loving tribute to their own family history, the Otterys bring Native Americans out of a fabled and romanticized past to be seen as individuals with a strong sense of identity, family and community, and as tenacious survivors sharing in the American pioneer experience. This book should be read by all serious American Indian scholars, as well as genealogy buffs; no longer is New England family history the preserve of Pilgrims and Puritans. Reviewed by R. Andrew Pierce


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