The index does not cover specific items of property including slaves mentioned within a will, so it may be beneficial to search the tax abstracts of a town to determine slave owners and then check the probate records of those individuals. Microfilm copies of most probate court record books to about are available in the History and Genealogy Reading Room. Vital Records The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records consists of abstracts of Connecticut town vital records births, marriages, and deaths up to about Examples of Barbour Collection index entries pertaining to blacks are:.
Archival and Manuscript Resources Archival Materials An archives pass is required for the use of these items. RG 1, Early General Records , This group consists of colonial and early statehood records which, because of their nature or arrangement, cannot be attributed to the record groups for individual state agencies. Sub-groups include:. Below are listed some examples of index entries from some of the series in the Connecticut Archives which may be of interest to those studying African-American history:.
Historians estimate the number of black soldiers in this war to have been about 5, men, serving in militias, seagoing services, and support activities. In some cases, slaves were offered their freedom in return for satisfactory completion of a set period of service. Petition of Reuben Stevens with other free Negroes showing that they wish to move from Connecticut to the unsettled parts of another state and form a settlement for themselves, families, and brethren now living in slavery as fast as they are emancipated and praying that the Assembly will purchase a township for them for which they will repay the state in about 10 years, Records to are also available on microfilm from Research Publications, Inc.
Sample entry:. October, Upon the memorial of Pomp, a negro man slave belonging to the estate of Jeremiah Leming formerly of Norwalk, clerk, now absconded to the enemy of the United States, showing to Assembly that in consequence of a sentence of confiscation passed against said estate agreeable to an administration committed thereon the memorialist is liable to be sold for the benefit of the State, and to be continued in slavery by act of government, and praying to be emancipated and set at liberty as per memorial on file: Resolved by this Assembly, that the memorialist be and he is hereby emancipated and set at liberty.
RG 2, General Assembly Papers post Some samples of what is available are listed below:. Box 7, doc. She seeks to inherit although illegitimate. Box 11, doc. Petition of Simon Champlin, a colored man, for release from prison, claiming he was improperly convicted on a charge of bigamy as his first wife, Naomi Niger, had deserted him 11 years ago and that after 7 years he had remarried to Huldah Mamsley and had 2 children.
Released from prison. Box Petitions regarding repeal of act prohibiting the education of colored persons; documents 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, and 9a are lists of colored inhabitants of Middletown and New Haven, including some females. Box 35, doc. Petition by free colored citizens contains 50 to 75 names of Hartford petitioning for a state amendment giving them the right to vote. Box 2, doc.
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Both own comfortable homes to qualify them as voters relied on law that all inhabitants of 21 yrs. Seek exemption from all taxes for blacks if they are denied the right to vote. Box 4, doc. Box 15, doc. Petition to amend Sec. Signatures of colored male citizens of Hartford. RG 3, Records of the Judicial Department. RG 5, Records of the Governors.
See also the Trumbull Papers official colonial papers, ca.
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RG 13, Records of the Military Department. RG 33, Works Progress Administration. RG 62, Records of the Towns and Boroughs. Examples include:. Manuscript Materials This collection contains correspondence, diaries, account books, and a variety of other useful materials, including some municipal records.
Items are cataloged according to the Dewey decimal classification system, with access through the Manuscripts and Archives Catalog in the History and Genealogy Reading Room. Subject headings under which one should look for blacks include:. The International Genealogical Index is an index of names extracted from church and civil records.
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It includes over million names from records around the world, with concentrations in North America, Mexico, Great Britain, and Europe. Names are placed in the IGI by researchers or through name extraction programs. What may be the original writ binding Prudence Crandall over to the Superior Court, September 26, , is in the manuscript collection, Main Vault C85w. Wilder, August 22, ; and bill of costs, state v. Prudence Crandall, August term, Files, Box , Bundle October Term, See also Day, Thomas. Prepared by Beverly L. Black Genealogy. Brown, Barbara, and James Rose.
Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, Detroit: Gale Research Co. C7 B76]. Lawson, Sandra M. Washington: Library of Congress, G. Rose, James, and Alice Eichholz.
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Smith, Jessie Carney, ed. Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide. E83 ]. See pages S8 ]. Tobey, Ilene. Searching Black Genealogy. Young, Tommie. Afro-American Genealogy Sourcebook. New York: Garland Publishing Co. Y67 ]. S ]. Beeching, Barbara J. H39 A24 ]. H39 N4 ]. Bontemps, Arna.
Offley, James L. Autobiographies of ex-slaves living in Connecticut between and Collier, Christopher, with Bonnie Collier. The Literature of Connecticut History. C8 A1]. Johnson, Charles S. The Negro Population of Hartford, Connecticut. Mead, Jeffrey B. G8 M44 ].