had at least fifteen at a time, and the slave-quarters, so-called, have become an object of considerable historical interest.
The entire number of persons holding slaves in the last half of the 18th century probably did not exceed thirty, the town records giving, indirectly, the names of twenty.
Partial list of slaveholders: Capt. Caleb Brooks, Ebenezer Brooks, Samuel Brooks, Capt. Thomas Brooks,—Bishop,—Brown, Mary Bradshaw, Andrew Hall, Jonathan Hall, Jr., Stephen Hall, Benj. Hall, Hugh Floyd, Jacob Polly, Zachariah Pool, Isaac Royall, Dr. Simon Tufts, Rev. Mr. Turrell, Stephen Willis, Deacon Benj. Willis, Francis Whitmore. Not that our ancestors believed it wrong; the names of Rev. Mr. Turrell and Deacon Benj. Willis would refute that.
But economically it was unprofitable, and its ultimate extinction was doubtless the expectation of all who gave the subject any thought.
I have referred to Deacon Benj. Willis as a slaveholder.
The following extract from his will may show t
Burdit, ThomasMaiden, Apr. 12, 1759Nov. 21, 1759Tenants of Benj. Willis & Benj. Parker.
Ruth (wife) Thomas Children Daniel Children
Burke, RedmonCambridge, May 7, 1764Irishman.
Laborer, employed by Col. Royall.
Burnam, AbrahamSudbury, Aug. 15, 1764Journeyman, employed by Samuel Tilton.
Burns, Mr., & familyCharlestown, Apr., 1751Tenant of Simon Tufts.
Butterfield, JohnWestford, April 18, 1770Oct. 8, 1770In tavern of Hugh Floyd.
Martha (wife) Kezia Children Abraham Children Ruth Children
Buxton, HannahReading, Oct. 19, 1773Age 28.
In family of Samuel Angier.
Caldwell, JosephAug. 31, 1797
Caldwell, RobertAug. 31, 1797
Galley, EleanorWoburn, May 3, 1754Maid in family of Jos. Skinner
Cannade, MathewBoston, Dec. 21, 1754(not warned)In service to John Oakes.
Carding, AnnaCharlestown, Nov., 1766May 16, 1767
Anni Carel.Lexington, Nov. 17, 1764Aug. 26, 1765In fam
house of Timo Tufts.
Mundon, MaryFrom Almshouse, Boston, July 2, 1756Age 7.
Servant in house of Wm. Tufts.
Murphy, MaryAug. 10, 1777In family of John Darling.
Nathaniel (a servant)See Benjamin Peirce.
Newhall, CalvinLynn, Sept. 8, 1764Journeyman in family of Saml. Tilton.
Newman, DavidLynn, Feb. 2, 1764Journeyman in family of Saml. Tilton.
Numan.Boston, abt. May 15, 1759Nov. 21, 1759Child in family of Tho. Burdet.
Nutting, MaryGroton, Apr. 18, 1770In tavern of Hugh Floyd.
Nutting, MirriamPepperell, Aug. 25, 1766May 16, 1767In family of Stephen Hall, Jr.
Oakes, SimonWorcester, Feb., 1765
The two first of which.Aug. 26, 1765
Ober, SamuelBoston, Feb. 1762Nov. 29, 1762.In house of Benj. Peirce.
Lettes. (wife)and March 12, 1762
Ochterlony, AlexanderBoston, Aug. 1, 1769In house of Joseph Thompson
GilbertBoston, Aug. 1, 1769In house of Joseph Thompson
O'Danell, RalphAug. 31, 1797