KNOWN SLAVE TRADERS AND SLAVE OWNERS IN BROOKLINE including some of the information known about them
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I. Known Slave Traders (Note: several of these men also had residences in Boston)
He built his wealth from slave trading. From 1791-96, he was a US Senator.
The name of one of the slave ships he co-owned was named "Hope," which on one of its several voyages brought over 100 Africans for sale.
Thomas H. Perkins
In the West Indies and Haiti Perkins bought and sold slaves, both on orders from customers and on speculation. At one time he remarked in his journal that it is "almost impossible to get rid of an infant negro".
Nephew of Judge Samuel Sewall (judge of the Salem witch trial) through the Judge's brother Stephen. Born & died in Brookline.
Samuel Sewall often kept his slaves in his warehouses until sold. In a 1714 announcement for sale at his warehouse, he lists: "several Irish Maid Servants time most of them for Five Years one Irish Man Servant who is a good Barber and Wiggmaker, also Four or Five Likely Negro Boys" He "gave sack" to those who came to his house to mourn the death of his enslaved man, Boston. (ref L. Greene, The Negro in Colonial New England)
Joseph Smith and Lancelot Talbott
In 1675 Talbott and Smith together bought 7 Native Americans from the colonial government, for resale in the Caribbean.
They were Tounnaguin, Hawkins, John Indian, George, William, Great David and Reube.
II. Known Slave Owners
Rev. James Allen
Brookline Town Meeting selected and paid the salary of Rev. Allen to be Brookline's first minister after the Town became independent from Boston. Enslaved were Dinah and her 2 daughters: Venus and Violet.
Col. Joseph Belcher
Joshua Boylston Esq.
He marched to fight at the Battle of Lexington, taking with him his enslaved man, Prince, who escaped to freedom several years later. Enslaved was Prince.
Dr. Zabdiel Boylston Esq.
Boylston was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for his discovery of a smallpox inoculation method, based on in part information from three enslaved people, two of them his own slaves. Enslaved were Jack, Jackie, Moll, and Boston.
Deacon Ebenezer Crafts
Enslaved were Flora, Sambo and Dinah, who was bought from another town at the age of 11.
Deacon Ebenezer Davis
Enslaved: one person, most likely a healthy adult man (based on his monetary value listed in the probate record at Devotion's death.)
Benjamin Gardner Esq.
Isaac Gardner Esq.
He marched to fight at the Battle of Lexington, taking with him his enslaved man Adam. Enslaved were Adam, Phillis, and three others
John Heath (earlier than Henry Heath) Esq.
Heath (no first name available)
Heath (an earlier Heath, no first name available)
Henry Hulton Esq.
Samuel Ruggles Esq.
Capt. Henry Sewall Esq.
Seven people were enslaved: Felix, who cleaned Town Hall - for which Sewall received payment; Peter, who escaped to freedom; Kate, who died at the age of 8; Venus, who was probably Kate's mother (she died the year before Kate did); Kent; Charles; and Hagar.