By William Apess
This booklet brings jointly the best-known works of the 19th-century Indian author William Apess, together with the 1st prolonged autobiography by way of a local American. The textual content is drawn from ON OUR personal floor, which was once named a call remarkable educational e-book. This new version of Apess's vintage texts is designed for lecture room use .
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After his death the family was so poor that Mary had to be bound out. It seems clear that Mary was illegitimate. Her account of her father's origins and Apess's characterization of her color also suggest that her father may have been part Native American and Spanish, or, more likely by this date when most Native Americans in the Caribbean had long since been wiped out, African American with some mixture of Spanish and possibly Native American heritage. Page xvii refused him ordination, quite possibly for racist reasons, Apess was formally ordained a minister in the Protestant Methodist church.
Hers, Anne Wampy's, and Hannah Caleb's accounts in The Experiences were unquestionably spoken to Apess in Mohegan-Pequot and it is probable that he was their translator. If my surmises are correct, then his possession of the language would also indicate that he had much greater contact with his Pequot family as he was growing up than he describes in the autobiographies. 7. D. 1788, on the third day of January. My father was a descendant of one of the Spanish islands, or a native of Spain. My mother was an English woman, a descendant of the Woods family of Lyme.
8 Two daughters married brothers named Chummuck 8. Through a set of remarkable coincidences I learned several years ago that a number of Apeses (they kept the first spelling of the name) were living on the South Island of New Zealand. One of them had made inquiry of some American tourists about his "famous" American forebear, the "preacher and writer," William Apess. In time I heard from Erwin Apes in New Zealand, the great-grandson of William Apess. His grandfather, William Apess's son, was named William Elisha, at times using William as his first name and at others, Elisha.
A Son of the Forest and Other Writings by William Apess