The Story at Vale End Cemetery
Channeled Information Confirmed By History


    The channeling session that occurred at Vale End Cemetery was not only unexpected, but extremely detailed.  Investigators 011 & 012 followed up with historical research.  Amazingly, much of it concurs with the channeled telling in many respects.  Here are the facts as presented by both the ghost who was channeled and the written history of the time.

    The Channelling session was spontaneous and not requested.  The ghost who communicated with us identified himself as a Native American named Sochenm of the Potawatami people.

    Keep in mind as you read this that no one knew anything about the history of Wilton, this included our medium, who didn't even know where we were going until we got there.

Channelled information     Historical Records  
Sochenm said the English settled there as it was given to them by King. He did not say the King, we thought this was a grammarical issue so we did not ask him to clearify.
The area was granted to the soldiers who did work in Canada.  The grant was issued by the General Court of Massachusetts and signed by Samuel King.
Sochenm said that the people called the area "New Salem".
History shows that the town of Wilton was originally called "Salem Canada" but we found one document that called it "the new Salem".
Sochenm said his people did not live there. They were not from a local tribe, but had come down to see their chief's son marry the daughter of one of the Pawtucket chiefs.  He said there were about 300 of them if you counted women and babies camped there. They were not intending to stay.
History shows that there were no permanent Indian settlements in Wilton.  The people actually reported that the Natives were not hostile and did not feel threatened by them.  They did not even have their own garrison house in the town.  The nearest was miles away in Milford.
Sochenm said that his people had settled in the area on the hill and around it in the area near where Vale End is today.   He said they were away from the houses of the whites, and away from the Sohegan river where the whites were centered at the time.
History shows that the original homes in Wilton were built by the river.  Later, when more land was cleared and the town was moved further up hill, the children of the original settlers built their grander, more permanent houses uphill in the Vale End area.
Sochenm said they had enough water from small rivers on both sides. Maps of the time show that there are two brooks. One on both sides of the area.  Neither is visible from the cemetery.
Sochenm said that the settlers came to them and asked them if they would leave because the land belonged to them (the settlers). They brought gifts for the Indians.  Sochenm said it was explained to the English that the Tribe would be moving on soon.  His words were, "This is where we are now.  When we move, you can have it to yourself again."

We could find no record of any meeting between Indians and the people of Wilton.
According to Sochenm, the Indians believed the gifts were in exchange for the meeting, but in fact, according to the ghost of the Reverend Fisk,  the English believed that the gifts were payment for the Indians to leave right now.  Sochenm's people did not  intend to leave until after the wedding that was being arranged took place in the fall, then they would winter there, and planned to start back the next spring.  It was just early summer.

The English went away and did not return for some time.  But when they returned they came at night with a large group of men with what Sochenm discribed as the loud fire sticks the whites had that could kill a man without touching him.  He said that they came quickly on horses and killed every man, woman, and child they could, even to the point of  rounding up those children and old women who were running away and killing them with blades and sticks.  Sochenm's ghost said that they violated the women, some even after they were dead.  

We asked him if he knew the English year this happened.  He said it was, to the best of his knowledge 1743 or 1744.

The full narration was dramatic and shocking.
History does not record any such attrocities being done to any tribe in Wilton.  But there are some interesting clues that may hint that such an event may have taken place. 

For example,  in the summer of 1744, the same people who were quick to mention that the Indians posed no problems for them and they didn't even need to build a garrison house for their protection, suddenly petitioned to the British Government to send them protection against the Indians.  The petition stated, "we would pray your Excellency that we may have some assistance from the Government, in sending us some souldiers [sic]. to Guard and Defend us as in your wisdom you shall think proper."

There is no remaining record of how many solders the Government sent or what they did when they arrived in Wilton.

Could this request have come when the Indians refused to leave the land?  The dates are right.  Could these soldiers be part of the group that attacked the Indians?
Sochenm said the angry souls of his people are still walking the area.  They are particularlly angry with white people who go there even today.
Many people who visit Vale End feel an intense anger directed towards them.  This includes some of the NEPRS investigators.

Interestingly, investigators who were there that day who have native blood did not feel this anger.  Instead they experienced intense sadness and unease.
Sochenm said that the people built over the land where the slaughter occurred.  That some time later, over the place where his people's blood once soaked the land, they started to build the town hall.  He said the anger of his people could not be controlled and they shook the ground and made the shell of the hall fall.  He said it fell like sticks and many white men were hurt or killed.
History shows that in September of 1773 the people of Wilton as well as several families from neighboring communities turned out to raise a new town hall.  The area where they put it up is not far from where Vale End is today. 

During the construction, without warning, the whole structure collapsed, killing 5 men instantly, and wounding more than 50.  Some of the wounded died from their injuries at a later date.
Sochenm said that later, they once again built on the land, this time the Indians tried to shake it down like before, but it did not work.  He said in time their anger grew and welled up,  all focused on the building built on their blood. The anger  became powerful enough that it burst through in flames and burned the building down.
The town hall did burn down on Dec 8th, 1859.  The fire happened so quickly and without obvious cause that a committee was formed to investigate the case.  Below is a quote from their final report.  As you can see, the fire was so quick and so devastating they concluded it must have been purposely set with an incendiary.

"In view of all the evidence presented, your committee are unanimously of the opinion that the fire was set by an incendiary.  By whom the deed was done they have not the means of determining, nor of forming a reasonable presumption."

Sochenm said by this time, all the people who were party to the killing of his people were dead, many buried in the same ground where his people were killed.  He said that the anger of his people would not let them go.  They were so angry that no English man who was party to the attack would ever rest.  His people would make sure of that.
The graveyard is very huanted.  Could these be the ghosts of the English and the Indians fighting for eternity?
We asked him what we could do to resolve the conflict and bring everyone to peace.  He said he believed it would take a greater chief than any of us, or even himself to do that.  That his people's anger was just and strong still.
It has been said that several mediums have tried to calm the energies at Vale End to no aval.
It was at this time that the ghost of a Reverend Fisk approached. Sochenm's ghost seemed to be annoyed with the mention of the man's name.  He pointed to a stone that was facing away from him and towards the wall, identifying it as the stone of Rev. Fisk.
The stone the ghost channeled by the Medium pointed to was indeed the stone of a Reverend named Fisk.
Fisk was given opportunity to talk and insisted that the Indians were in the wrong.  He insisted that they had taken payment for the land and had promised to leave it right away so the people could build a town on the land that was rightfully theirs.

He said that Satan created the Indians.  They were not children of Adam and Eve and they deserved to be removed from the face of Gods perfect creation.

It seemed that both sides felt their actions were justified and both were very angry about what was done to them in return.
It was pointed out that Fisk was not born at the time of the alleged Indian massacre.  Nevertheless, he did take over from the previous town Reverend who was there and probably learned the history from him.

Regardless of Fisk's birth date, the personal opinions of the Wilton settlers of the Indian population were clear.  They didn't like them.  They didn't want them around.  And many of them felt totally justified in killing them in the name of God, as shown in  the following quote from "A History of Wilton":

"Nor were the early settlers of New England altogether innocent in the matter.  Many regarded the Indians as evil, and in some measure a religious duty to rid them from the land."

   What happened at Vale End in old Salem-Canada, the town that is now Wilton?  Since history is written by the victors, their may have purposely been no record of such a massacre.  Regardless, the records do show that people who were not even concerned enough with the Indians in the area to build their own garrison house suddenly needed military reinforcements.  It is not proof, but it is somewhat suspicious. 

   If it is true that there are ghosts of angry men in the soil of the area, it makes one wonder how long will their hatred and war go on beyond death?  Will it ever been resolved?

    When we asked how we can help, there was no clear answer.  It seems vengeance can be stronger than forgiveness for those who have endured such horror. 

    Perhaps with the strength of the loving force of the Universe, these people will all find peace.  But for now, Vale End remains an unquiet place where the long dead refuse to rest easy.

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