Total population
Extinct as tribe
Regions with significant populations

Algonquian (historical)



Related ethnic groups

Pamunkey, Chickahominy

The Manskin Indians were a tribe of Indians who were a part of the Powhatan Confederacy in historic Virginia. From 1620-1750 they are referred to as "Manskin", on several maps, a name derived from Manaskunt. The numerous separate Indian villages shown in the Zuniga Map combined under the rule of Opechancanough, as a result of the pressures of losses from infectious disease and encroachment by the English colonists. The Manskin lived in a two-mile stretch of the Pamunkey River near where today Rt. 360 crosses the Pamunkey River in King William County, Virginia.

The Manskin are shown in almost all of the early maps of Virginia.

  • Pedro de Zuniga labeled Totopotmoy Creek as Manaskint in 1608, but it was wrongly translated as Menaskunt, so no one made the naming connection. Zuniga shows two villages, Youghann (Youghtanund) and Manaskint (Manskin), just upstream and across from Cattytaco (Catachiptico).
  • Anthony Langstron referred to Totopotomov Creek as Manskin Creek in 1662 and shows Opechancanough as living in the Island Field on Pampatike Farm.
  • Augustine Herman labels the Manskin as living on or near Guttin Isle (The Island Field) in 1670.
  • John Lederer clearly draws the Island Field as a circle and puts the Manskin name just above it in 1671.
  • Johannes van Keulen also draws the Manskin as living on "Guttin Isle" in 1680.
  • Robert Morden named the Pamunkey River as the Manskin River in 1701.
  • Hermon Moll labels the peninsula as "Manskin Indian Land" in 1732.

After 1750, the Manskin Indians disappeared as a tribe from the historical record. They show up in no lists of the tribes in inventories of the Powhatan Confederacy.

The Manskin name lives on in toponyms on maps today, whose origins were recognized only recently. The town of Manquin is located just north of The Island Field on Pampatike Farm, which is on Moncuin Creek. Both are anglicized versions of Manskin.


  • Files of the Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA)
  • Frederick Webb Hodge, Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, V. 2/4, Washington, DC: GPO. 1912, p. 931
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Notes on Virginia, Number 50
  • New York Public Library Digital Library
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

External links

All these links show maps with the Manskin Indians located on the Pamunkey River.

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