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, I learned that in the past decade fresh, important scholarship detailing Massachusetts’s history of slavery has emerged. This prompted me to revisit my own ancestors’ possible ties to slavery.
While investigating my family’s involvement in the Pequot and King Philip’s wars–a source of enslaved Indians domestically, but more often Indians were traded to the West Indies for African slaves–I came across a spreadsheet compiled by BYU scholar Jenny Hale Pulsipher recounting enslaved Indians and their enslavers that she encountered while researching King Philip’s war. On that spreadsheet was an entry for “a girl of Mr. Dudly, ‘neer well of a pox, fell a bleeding and bled to death’…1679″.
That was a small thread but I kept pulling, and unraveled a cache of documentary evidence implicating the Dudley family in a lineage of multigenerational slavery. Stunned with what I found, I needed to share this history. I’m not a professional writer, I don’t have a platform, and I’m not a trained historian, so I created the Eleven Names Project.
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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.