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Deposition and Testimony Regarding Cesar and Lowis

In 1787 the Peters family petitioned the Connecticut General Assembly for their freedom. State law required that the town selectmen "enquire into the Age, Abilities, Circumstances and Character of such Servant or Slave." These depositions attest to the high regard the townspeople of Hebron held for Cesar and his family.

All documents on this page are courtesy of the Hebron Historical Society, Hebron, CT.

Deposition of Elijah Graves
Hebron, CT January 5, 1789

Deposition of Joseph Case
Hebron, CT January 5, 1789

Deposition of Patience Graves
Hebron, CT January 5, 1789

Testimony of David Sutton
Hebron, CT January 5, 1789

Testimony of Silvester Gilbert
Hebron, CT January 5, 1789