There's an interesting discussion going on over at Our Georgia Roots about genealogical research and slavery. I commented that I just recently posted the genealogical sketch of Samuel Wallis whose will shows that he owned a slave. I assumed that New Hampshire was like Massachusetts and slavery ended shortly after the American Revolution. I was wrong. New Hampshire had slavery until 1857.
Northern slave states
|First record of slavery||c.1760?||1639||1629?||1645||1639||1652||1626||1627|
|Official end of slavery||1777||1780||1783||1857||1784||1784||1799||1804|
|Actual end of slavery||1777||c.1845||1783||c.1845?||1848||1842||1827||1865|
One branch of the Yeaton family owned slaves as well. I know that Joe Anderson included Fortune Yeaton in his Yeaton study noting him as a free person of color according to the 1810 census, living in Maine.
In any case, I was thinking that as part of my Wallis study, I should try to follow the family of Caesar and Phyllis Wallis. He's certainly living in Gilmanton, N.H. with a household of four people in the 1790 census. This source says he died there at age 104, however the History of Rye insists that he and Phyllis died there and were buried at the Wallis farm. Of course, I'm completely ignorant of how to approach such a study.
***UPDATE 2/25/2010: Kenelm Winslow 1668-1729 owned three slaves. He was a resident of Harwich, Massachusetts. He was a successful merchant, clothier and represented Harwich in the Massachusetts legislature in 1720. Kenelm is my 8th great-grandfather.