Eleven Names: The Dudley Family of Roxbury and Their Enslaved People
The eponymous Roxbury square bearing the Dudleys’ name is now Nubian Square, a shift re-centering focus to the Black community who has lived there for decades and away from a colonial-era legacy of slavery. In that spirit, my research reveals the names of 11* people enslaved by the Dudley family. Brill was a coachman enslaved by Joseph Dudley. Paul Dudley purchased a “negro boy” from an infamous pirate ship. William Dudley brought slavery to Roslindale…
Remembering Quam, Flora, Peter, Caesar, Guinea, Kate, Billah, Hannah, Cato, Peter, Brill, and Jimmy* (now 12 with the addition of Jimmy).
Thomas Dudley’s grandson William enslaved Quam, Peter, Caesar, and Flora in Roslindale.
Brill’s duties included transporting the family & local dignitaries, delivering messages, and transporting Hannah Sewall’s corpse.
In which the Dudleys defend charges of a clandestine slave purchase and Dudley’s enslaved maid is baptized.
Cato, Hannah, Billah, and Kate: looking further afield from Roxbury, we uncover 4 more people enslaved under Thomas Dudley’s intergenerational legacy of bondage.
About The Eleven Names Project is an independent digital research project built on archival sources first published by Wayne Tucker on August 22, 2021. I am a South Shore native, and having spent time in Boston and in Metro West, I’ve returned to the South Shore. In re-visiting my Puritan-era genealogy during the pandemic, IContinue reading “About”
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Copyright Wayne Tucker 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Copyright Wayne Tucker 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.