Documenting Enslavement

Cezar buys his own freedom for £65 over six years

Poughkeepsie 1791

DCHS Collections include the ledger of medical doctor Robert Noxon. At a page toward the back of the ledger, Noxon lays out the costs involved in a you boy or man named Cezar. Below is a 1904 photo of the back of the Noxon house which stood on Market Street. Also below, image and transcript of entry by Noxon.

“Bill of Sale” for Julia Ann Hopkins

Pleasant Valley 1801

We know little about Julia Ann Hopkins outside her being sold by Christian Newcomb of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, to a cousin by marriage, Jasper Hopper of Onondonga County, New York in November 2, 1801.

Brett Family Transaction

Fishkill 1775

DCHS-COL-Brett-Slave-Sale-1775