within a year, at the outbreak of the Revolution.
Perhaps they were heartbroken at his departure.
A few entries are given here by way of illustration:
Peter, Son of Worcester & Flora, Negroes of Rev. Mr. Turell and Stephen Hall, Esq., Dyed Jan. 9, 1762.
Plato, a Negro Servant of Hon. Isaac Royall Esq., drowned June 8, 1768.
London, A Negro Man of the Widow Mary Bradshaw's Died Oct. 15, 1760.
Caesar, Negro Servant of Ebenezar Brooks of Medford and Zipporah negro Servant of Nathl Brown of Charlestown, married June 23, 1757.
As would be inferred, the number of slave owners was not large, and they were the leading men of the town: the Halls, Brookses and Willises, Dr. Simon Tufts, Rev. Mr. Turrell, and, above all, Col. Isaac Royall.
This first Royall brought with him from Antigua a number of slaves and in 1737 petitioned that the duty on them be abated, but no further action than to lay it on the table was taken.
He probably had at least fifteen at a time, and the s