Female Abt 1603 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Catoneras  
    Born Abt 1603  Eatons Neck, Suffolk County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    • She was a Native American (Montauk) and daughter of Chief or Sachem, Wyandance.

      From John Handspicker's Website:
      Catoneras (?) (F)
      b. circa 1603
      Catoneras (?) was naturalized; 'Indian Princess.' Her married name was Van Texel. She The claim is that Catoneras/Cateronas was likely an Indian Princess, but there are several incongruities which disallow her being Wyandanch's daughter. First, the only daughter who is shown to be born to Wyandanch is Quashawam, and she 'ruled' over the Montauks after her father's death, and also over the Shinnecocks. This is possibly the 'Heather Flower' I've seen reference to in my research. The tribe that Catoneras/Cateronas probably belonged to was the Matinecock, a sub-tribe of the Metoac. This would explain her descendents (van Tassels) claiming rights to the lands which they tried to get, later, after her death. These lands had once belonged to Metoac tribes, and were apparently taken from them by Wyandanch, so the last 'indian' holder of the lands was Wyandanch. This may have been what lead earlier researchers to make claims that Catoneras/Cateronas was a daughter of Wyandanch..... who knows? The Matinecock inhabited Flushing, North Hempstead, the northern part of Oyster Bay and Huntingdon, and the western part of Smithtown, while the Montauk were mainly in the Southampton township. In fact, in a petition dated 1705, it states agreement to the fact that Catoneras lands had been seized.....'...his mother Catoneras a native Indian of the Island of Nassauw who in her life time was Seized of a certain Tract or parcell of land lying and being on the Island aforesaid, now in the County of Suffolk neer the Town of Huntingdon called by the natives Anendeiack in English Eader Neck Beach and so allong the Sound four miles or thereabouts untile the fresh Pond called by the natives Assawanama where a Creeck runns into the Sound and from the Sound running into the woods six miles....' This certainly describes land most likely once occupied by the Matinecock, and seized by Wyandanch. In even earlier research the following was quoted '... married an Indian girl named Catoneras, the daughter of the Sachem or chief of a tribe of Indians which then lived on, and claimed ownership to that portion of Long Island, situated along the north shore, or sound, about Eaton's Neck in Suffolk County. (1951) This same author, Daniel van Tassel had stated it this way, in 1941: '...the daughter of the sachem or Chief Wyandance, of the Montauk Tribe, who then lived on, and claimed ownership to that portion of Long Island, situated along the north shore or Sound about Eaton's Neck in Suffolk County.' So, it seems that even Daniel had reason to doubt the actual paternal connection to Wyandanch. JWH (9 May 1999)

      Input from Stan Hodges (Feb-2003):

      All of the Sachems of Long Island were somewhat related through Pequot ancestry. Wyandanch's brothers ruled some of the tribes of Long Island. One brother was the Grand Sachem before him according to some sources, and was head chief of the Matinecock. Their ancestry is somewhat outlined in the lineage of Uncas, that was listed in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in July of 1856. According to some sources Wyandanch was the Grandson of Sassacus (The Father-in-law of Uncas). Wyandanch's Mother was a supposed daughter of Sassacus. If this is the case, then all of Wyandanch's Brothers where also of this Pequot dynasty that decended from the great Tama-quawshad. If this is the case then Catoneras is also most likely descended from this same royal lineage. She would have been closely related to Wyandanch through his brother or other relationships.

      Wyandanch, 'The Wise Speaker,' assumed leadership of the Montauks after the death of his brother Pogattacut in 1653 at his home village on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. He was the last grand sachem of the Montauk Confederacy. There were five or six of these brothers that were scattered as sachems of the various groups on Long Island. All of them were of the royal blood line of Tama-quawshad. To date, tracking down the names of these brothers has been an unproductive effort. Pogattacut was possibly the father of Catoneras, if not Wyandanch. After all the smallpox epidemics much of the land was wide open and Wyandanch may have just ASSUMED ownership. This is not very clear, either. Tama-quawshad existed nearly four or five generations before contact with the whites. He used his royal blood lineage which he established to help consolidate and controll other tribes like the those on Long Island which he had conquered or made political alliances with, much in the same way as the royal houses of Europe.

      Some Wyandanch info that may help make a point:

      Wyandanch - Birth: ABT. 1615 in Mohawk Nation - Death: 1659 in New Amsterdam (New York)
      Wife: Wuchikittawbut - Birth: ABT. 1619 in Mohawk Nation - Death: 1663 in New Amsterdam (New York)
      Married: ABT. 1640
      Weoncombone b: ABT. 1641
      Heather FLOWER b: ABT. 1643 (once thought to be Catoneras)

      IF above dates ARE correct, chances are better that IF Catoneras was Montauk, and IF, she was a SISTER to Wyandanch, even an older sister, as she was born about 1603 and already married in 1624. Even if some other
      records list Wyandanch as born 'around 1600', that's still not early enough for him to have been the father of Catoneras/Cateronas. Some sources/researchers, listing her as Cateronas, claim a birth year
      of 1626, which would be before her son was born. Find THAT hard to believe. This was likely done to 'fit her' into the existing known date structure of the WRONG family.

      Using input from later research, done by Robert VanTassel and another descendant of Catoneras, Donna, there is reason to believe a Matinecock connection is correct, and that an ancestry close to the one below is most likely:

      Current theories (Jan-2004) better support the following ancestry for Catoneras:

      Catoneras was daughter of Asharoken (Asharoken had a sibling named Opposum)
      Asharoken was son of Tackapausha (seen as Tackapusha)
      Tackapusha was son of Meehowdt.

      This is the line of her ancestry in the Matinecock people. She was born circa 1603 at Eaton's Neck, Suffolk County, New York, USA. She was the daughter of Possibly the Sachem (Chief) of the Matinecook of Long Island and ? (?). Catoneras (?) married Cornelius Jan (Jensen) Van Texel, son of Jan Van Texel and (wife Of) Van Texel, in 1624 at New York, USA.

      Child of Catoneras (?) and Cornelius Jan (Jensen) Van Texel
      Jan Cornelis (Cornelius) Van Tassel+ b. 1625, d. 1704
    Person ID I9037  My Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 May 2009 

    Family Cornelis Jansen VAN TEXEL,   b. Abt 1600, Texel, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1624 
    +1. Jan Cornelius VAN TEXEL,   b. 1625, Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1704, Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F3015  Group Sheet

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    Descendants and Ancestors of Cornelius Jansen Van Tassel
    Descendants and Ancestors of Cornelius Jansen Van Tassel
    Cornelius Jansen VAN TASSEL and the Indian Princess Catoneras are ancestors of Becky Tredway Sherfick. They would be her 7th Great, Grandparents.