When I first started to research my family tree, I came across a second generation Plymouth Plantation couple, Jacob and Damaris Cooke, living in a place that had a reference to it as a Praying Town. Curiosity got the best of me and I just had to find out why Namasket/ Middlebourough were referred to as such.
It truly bothered me that I had never heard of a Praying Town before, at least not anything to the degree I began to find out about. That is when I dug deep into the scholarly research books and histories. The more I read, the more intrigued I became with this place the way it had been before the King Philip War. It was simple, almost commune like, in the way the Christian Natives and Colonials were described as living. Then I read where King Philip’s sister, Amie, was a resident there also and the thought came to my mind that the two women knew each other. Since they must have known each other, what was their life like back in the 1600’s?