"I thought the Indian must be Old Sabbatis. Sabbatis had grown up living on an island in the lake before he went to live with Red in his cabin."

There was – and is – a Native American family named Sabattus

Sabattus Lola and d Sabattus Mitchell at the Maine Centennial, 1920
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Mitchell Sabattus was a pure-blooded Indian of the Abenaki tribe. His father, Pierjon (Captain Peter Sabattus), fought with the Americans in the Revolution and the War of 1812. Both Mitchell and his father were known for their abilities as a hunters and trappers.