Language: Tuscaroran
Family: Northern Iroquoian
Stock: Iroquoian
Phylum: Macro-Siouan
Macro-Culture: Eastern Woodlands
      The Meherrin were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe. They lived along the Meherrin river on the Virginia/North Carolina border. They fought with their fellow Iroquoians before most finally confederated with the Tuscarora.  A small group remains in North Carolina.
Aboriginal Locations Subdivisions [(# of Villages)
Present Locations
NC  Meherrin Indian Tribe, Winton
Year History
1650 Mentioned by Edward Blande after North expedition, called "Maharineck
1670 Smallpox epidemic sometime after this year
1675 Adopted a body of Susquehanna from Pennsylvania fleeing Iroquois
1722 By Treaty of Albany, Iroquois agreed to stop hostilities against Virginia tribes
1761 Living on Roanoke River
1802 Many probably went north with the Tuscarora
1975 Tribe recognized by North Carolina
Year Total VA Population Source
1600 700   Mooney estimate
1699 180   Swanton
1700 150   NAHDB calculation
1755 30   Swanton
1761 75   Swanton
1800 50   NAHDB calculation
1900 50   NAHDB calculation
2000 500   NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Coree, Nottoway, Tuscarora
Meherrin Sites:
Iroquoian Language Family
Meherrin Indian Tribe
Meherrin Indian Tribe History
Tuscarora Language
Tuscarora Language
Tuscarora Language
Tuscarora Language
Tuscarora Language
Tuscarora Linguistic Lineage

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