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Deed of Sale for "Negro Boy"
Danbury, CT 1765
James Montgomery Bailey, History of Danbury, Conn. 1684-1896 (Burr: New York, 1896), image facing p. 40

This deed documents the 1765 sale of a "Negro Boy Named Nimrod aged about four years" by Joseph Taylor of Danbury, Connecticut, to Lieutenant Noble Benedict of the same city, for a sum of twenty-five pounds. According to Bailey, Joseph Taylor was born in 1703. His will, dated May 1793, granted freedom to all of his slaves and also designated funds for the ongoing support of his "Negro Servant Patience, who is now somewhat advanced in years, and hath been both to me and my parents a good, kind, and faithful servant" (Bailey p. 48). She apparently received all of his household furniture, as well.

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