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Small Family Memories

Small Family Memories Susan Fenimore Cooper (daughter of James Fenimore Cooper) ©1922 by James Fenimore Cooper. Posted by the James Fenimore Cooper Society Website with the authorization of the Cooper family, providing that the essay may be downloaded and reproduced for personal or instructional use, or by libraries. It was originally published in James Fenimore…

Historical Society Finds More Slaves From Heathcote Hill

by Ned Benton While the community commemorates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of equality this month (original publication date, January 17, 2008), recent investigations have uncovered additional evidence of slavery in Mamaroneck’s past. Five new names have been added to the list of known slaves, which now numbers more than…

Two Local Slaves Recaptured

by Ned Benton How did John Cox and Andrew Cole escape from slavery in Mamaroneck Township during the 1770s and end up on Nova Scotia? The story of these two men, whose connection to Mamaroneck had been lost for more than 200 years, may be traced through documents compiled for the Slavery in Mamaroneck Township project. Census…

Slavery Documentation

Publications Local slavery records are from Mary O’Connor English: Early Town Records of Mamaroneck, 1697-1881. (Town of Mamaroneck, 1979) The story of Ginny and Banjo Billy – the Mott’s slaves – is further explained in Thomas C. Cornell: Adam and Anne Mott, Their Ancestors and Their Descendants.(Poughkeepsie, NY, 1890) Slavery in Mamaroneck Articles First Published…

Mamaroneck Slaves Found in Canada

by Ned Benton We’ve known there were slaves in Mamaroneck Township in the late 1700s. We’ve known that two local slaves, John Cox and Andrew Cole, escaped to side with the British during the Revolutionary War and were rewarded with their freedom and passage to Nova Scotia. But until this month (January 17, 2011), we…

Slaveholders and Slaves in Mamaroneck Township

   Revised: December 1, 2016 Slaveholder Slaves What We Know Captain James Mott Male, name unknown The 1698 census of Mamaroneck lists a male slave of Captain Mott. Captain Mott lived in Mamaroneck prior to 1711. (Spikes 1991, p. 21a) Samuel Palmer Female, name unknown The 1698 census lists a female slave of Samuel Palmer. The Palmer…

Joseph Stewart – “The Governor” Who Was a Slave

by Ned Benton In the 1800s, in the DeLancey home on Heathcote Hill in Mamaroneck there was a prominent painting in the front hall of a black man. The family called him “The Governor.” Recently, the James Fenimore Cooper Society helped shed more light on the identity of the man in the painting. Joseph Stewart is…