Christopher, Katharine, Archelaus, Cloe & Zackeus Ama

I’m going to break my usual rule and talk a bit about the slaveholders here, because the language of the manumission document is interesting and unusual. According to the land records from the rural town of Canterbury, between April 1775 (time of their purchase) and January 3, 1780 (date of the document), they had come … Continue reading Christopher, Katharine, Archelaus, Cloe & Zackeus Ama

New Haven: Ceaser, Rose, and Cato (1777)

On May 31, 1777, the administrators of the estate of a New Haven slaveholder received, in consideration for two enslaved people, sixty pounds (the British pound was still the currency of the rebellious colonies). As in the manumission discussed just prior to this one, however, the “buyer” was problematic: for the Consideration of Sixty pounds … Continue reading New Haven: Ceaser, Rose, and Cato (1777)