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A compilation of records for African American, Native American, and "mulatto" slaves, servants, and freepersons from the 1700-1800s in Pembroke and Hanson, MA.




Researchers of genealogy often come across a great deal of difficulty in trying to find and compile records for families of African or Native American descent. Records for the most part are nonexistent, often deemed irrelevant or unimportant. An exception to this can often be found in church records, where a minister would baptize infants of servants, having the parents become members of the church.

Here is a collection I have gathered of vital records of Pembroke and Hanson, along with the Church records of Rev. Gad Hitchcock, all of which refer to the often deemed "miscellaneous", or "other" section of old vital records - slaves (always noted by their masters as "servants" in records), and later freepersons still denoted by their race.

Original spellings have been retained. Text in red emphasizes changes or family relations I have assumed.



Source References:
CR -
  “The Original Church Records of Gad Hitchcock, D.D., 1748-1803 : Baptisms”
 NEHGS Register,  Jul. 1895, 1896.
 “The Original Church Records of Gad Hitchcock, D.D., 1748-1803 : Deaths”
 NEHGS Register, Vol. CXXXVI, Jan. 1982.

VRP -
Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts to the Year 1850.
 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912)
VRH -
Vital Records of Hanson, Massachusetts to the Year 1850.
 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912)



1738
    12 OCT 1738. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Richard Bordman of Duxbury and Esther Samson, "negroes". VRP.

1739
    11 DEC 1739.
Marriage. Pembroke.
    Peg "negro Girl" and Richard Tillah "molotto," "Servants To Mr. Josiah Cushing" . VRP.

1749
    3 SEP 1749. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Richard, son of Richard and Pegg, "negro servants of Capt. Josiah Cushing."  CR.

    22 OCT 1749. Death.
Pembroke.
    Samuel Sikes, "a lad belonging to Thomas More". CR.

1752
    24 MAY 1752. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Matthew, son of Richard and Pegg, "negro servants of Capt. Josiah Cushing." CR.

1754
    24 FEB 1754. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    William, son of Richard and Pegg, "negro servants of Capt. Josiah Cushing." CR.

    15 MAY 1754. Death.
Pembroke.
    Dido, "an Indian woman belonging to Henry Munroe". CR.

1756
    19 JUN 1756. Death. Pembroke.
    Grace, "a negro servant of Capt. Josiah Cushing". CR.     

    8 AUG 1756. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Margaret, "negro woman belonging to Josiah Cushing, an adult."  [perhaps Pegg, wife of Richard?] CR.

    15 AUG 1756.
Birth. (Baptised 3 OCT 1756) Pembroke.
    Grace, daughter of Richard and Peggy, "Servants to Cap Josiah Cushing."  CR.

1757
    17 NOV 1757. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    Sylva "a molatto" and Jethro Hector. VRP.

1758
    - 1758. Death.
Pembroke.
    Richard Osgood, "Indian, in the army". CR.

1759
     1 FEB 1759. Death.
Pembroke.
    "An Indian woman, a transient person." CR.

    2 SEP 1759. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Experience Sampson and Saul Job, "blacks".
VRP.

1760
    16 MAR 1760. Death.
Pembroke.
    Boston, "a Negro man belonging to Col. Elijah Cushing". CR.

    21 AUG 1760. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Pomp, "a Black" and Ruth Wampe, "a Black".
VRP.

1764
    8 JUN 1764. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Peggey of Pembroke and Scipio of Bridgewater, "blacks".
VRP.

1767
    14 JUN 1767. Baptism. Pembroke.
    Juba, "a black boy belonging to Gad Hitchcock."
CR.

    14 JUN 1767. Baptism. Pembroke.
    Lilly, "a black Girl belonging to Blaney Phillips" CR.

1768
    - JUL 1768. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Lilly, "a negro woman belonging to Lt. Elijah Cushing."CR.

1769
    23 JUL 1769. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Dinah "a black girl belonging to Gad Hitchcock." CR.

1776
    25 AUG 1776. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Will, "an Indian boy baptised on account of Lemuel Jackson's wife". CR.
  
     - SEP 1776. Death.
Pembroke.
    Matthew,  "a Negro man beloning to Josiah Cushing Esq. in the army at New York".  [probably                                 Matthew, son of Richard and Pegg] CR.

1779
    22 MAR 1779. Death.
Pembroke.
    Hannah Hammot, "a Negro woman belonging to Lemuel Jackson". CR.

1780
    27 MAY 1780. Death.
Pembroke.
    Pomp, "a negro". CR.

1782
    1 DEC 1782. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    James Brand and Hannah Ned, "Indians". VRP.

1785
    4 FEB 1785. Death. Pembroke.
    Joanna Warrick, "in her 18th year, a negro". [perhaps part Native American, as the surname "Warrick" was                 common to Native Americans of the area.]
VRP.

    18 JUN 1785. Death.
Pembroke.
    Child of Calley, "a negro". CR.

    8 SEP 1785. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    James Brand and Betty Sepil of Plymouth, "Indians".  VRP.


1786
    29 APR 1786. Baptism.
Pembroke.
    Hannah, Charles, and John. Children of Calley and Margaret his wife, negroes. Baptised on account of his wife.              CR.      

    13 JUN 1786. Death.
Pembroke.
    Charles, son of Calley, "a Negro". CR.

    - DEC 1786. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Richard Hite and Suke Osgood.
VRP.

1787
    12 MAY 1787. Death.
Pembroke.
    Child of Dick Joel, "a black". CR.

    27 JUN 1787. Birth.
Pembroke.
    Jane Hight, "daughter of Suke, a negro woman".  VRP.

1788
    15 MAY 1788. Death.
Pembroke.
    Child of Richard "Dick" Joel. CR.

1789
    11 OCT 1789. Death.
Pembroke.
    Pegg, "a Negro woman".  [probably Pegg, wife of Richard Tillah] CR.

1790
    - DEC 1790. Death.
Pembroke.
    Lilly, "a black". CR.

1791
    22 JAN 1791.  Death.
Pembroke.
    "The Widow Betty Brown, a black". CR.

    - SEP 1791. Death.
Pembroke.
    Hannah Rider, "an Indian woman". CR.

1792
    22 APR 1792. Death.
Pembroke.
    Chriss, "a black". CR.

1793
    5 JUN 1793. Death. Pembroke.
    Dinah Warrick, "a black, wife of Joseph Warrick".
CR.

1796
    12 MAR 1796. Death.
Pembroke.
    Sambo, "a black". CR.

    10 APR 1796. Death.
Pembroke.
    Child of Lydia Sambo, "a black". CR.

1797
    3 MAY 1797. Death.
Pembroke.
    "A mulatto infant." CR.

1808
    29 AUG 1808. Marriage. Pembroke.
    John Wood and Nancy Freeman, "blacks".
VRP.

1809
    31 MAY 1809. Death. Pembroke.
    Mary Loudon, "a black".
VRP.

1811
     14 APR 1811. Death.
Pembroke.
    Sylvester Prince, "a black, age 78". VRP.

1811
    27 OCT 1811. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Betsey Gunway and Lemuel Freeman of Scituate, "blacks".
VRP.

1812
    11 OCT 1812. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    Silvia Joel and Asher Freeman of Scituate, "Negroes". VRP.

1814
    23 MAR 1814. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    Betsey Joel and Michael Beach of Duxbury, "people of color". VRP.

    5 JUN 1814. Marriage (Intention). Pembroke.
    David Fuller and Hannah Williams, "people of Color".
VRP.

    1 DEC 1814. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    Jane Prince and Dennis Curtis of Halifax, "negroes". VRP.

1813
    21 JUL 1813. Marriage.
Pembroke.
     John Wood and Joanna Warrick, "blacks". VRP.

1815  
    20 DEC 1815. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    Nathan Wood and Eunice Tew of Hanover, "negroes". VRP.

1816
    12 FEB 1816. Birth. Pembroke.
    Joseph Wood, son of Nathan and Eunice Wood, "people of color". VRP.

1817
    24 DEC 1817. Birth. Pembroke.
    Sally M. Wood, daughter of Nathan and Eunice Wood, "people of color". 
VRP.

1818
    8 APR 1818. Death. Pembroke.
    Peggy Wood, age 19. VRP.
 
1820
    19 JUN 1820. Death. Hanson/Pembroke.
VRP. & VRH.
    Nathan Wood, "unfortunately drowned in Oldham's Pond", husband of Eunice Wood, "colored".
    Huldah Wood, "unfortunately drowned in Oldham's Pond","colored".
    Joanna Wood, "unfortunately drowned in Oldham's Pond", wife of John Wood, "colored".
    Mary Wood, "unfortunately drowned in Oldham's Pond", "colored".
    Sally M. Wood, "unfortunately drowned in Oldham's Pond", daughter of Nathan and Eunice Wood, aged 4 yrs,         "colored".

    14 SEP 1820. Death. Hanson.
    Eunice Wood, wife of Nathan Wood, "person of color".
VRH.

1822
    6 JAN 1822. Marriage.
Hanson.
    John Wood and Eunice Freeman, "people of color". VRH.
   
    4 FEB 1822. Birth.
Hanson.
    Rhoda V. Wood, daughter of John and Eunice Wood, "people of color". VRH.

    17 JUN 1822. Death. Hanson.
    Joseph Wood, son of Nathan and Eunice Wood. Aged 6 yrs.
VRH.

1823
    1 MAY 1823. Birth.
Hanson.
    John S. Wood, son of John and Eunice Wood, "people of color". VRH.

1825
    2 NOV 1825. Birth.
Hanson.
    Eunice Wood, daughter of John and Eunice Wood, "people of color". VRH.


1826
    23 APR 1826. Death.
Pembroke.
    John Wood, a "Colerd man" [probably widow of Joanna].  VRP.
    Asher Freeman, a "colered man".
VRP.

1827
    4 MAY 1827. Birth. Hanson.
    Esther Wood, daughter of John and Eunice Wood, "people of color".
VRH.

1828
    1 DEC 1828. Marriage. Hanson.
    Samuel Wood Jr. and Sarah Freeman, "people of Color".
VRH.

1829.
    ABT 1829. Birth.
Hanson.
    Susannah Wood. Daughter of Eunice Wood [and probably John Wood].

1832
    7 DEC 1832. Marriage. Pembroke.
    Sylvester Prince of Marshfield and Nancy Simpson of Pembroke, "colered". 
VRP.

1835
    ABT 1835. Birth.
Hanson.
    Abigail Wood, daughter of Eunice Wood [and probably John Wood].

    2 DEC 1835. Death. Pembroke.
    Suky Joslyn [Josselyn], "colered womon".
VRP.

1838
    ABT 1838. Birth.
Hanson.
    James Wood. Son of Eunice Wood [and probably John Wood].

1842
    6 JAN 1842. Marriage.
Pembroke.
    Rhoda Wood (daughter of John and Eunice Wood) of Hanson and Hervey Winslow of Scituate. VRP.

1842
    10 AUG 1842. Death. Pembroke.
    John Pero (Wood), " collered ".
VRP.

1844
   
8 JAN 1844. Death. Pembroke.
    Simeon Wood, "colored",  died of consumpton, aged 19 yrs. VRP.

    2 APR 1844. Death. Hanson.
    Abigail Wood, daughter
of Eunice Wood [and probably John Wood], of consumption, aged 8 yrs. VRH.

    11 APR 1844. Death.
Pembroke.
    -, "a colored child at the Leavitt house". VRP.

    19 APR 1844. Death. Hanson.
   
James Wood, son of Eunice Wood [and probably John Wood], of consumption, aged 5 yrs. VRH.

    25 AUG 1844. Death. Hanson.
   
Susannah Wood, daughter of Eunice Wood [and probably John Wood], of consumption, aged 15 yrs. VRH.

    25 OCT 1844. Birth.
    Mary F. Wood, "col[ore]d", daughter of Eunice Wood, in Bridgewater. VRP.

1845
    17 AUG 1845. Marriage.
Hanson.
    Esther Wood, aged 18, daughter of John and Eunice Wood, and Noah Ashport, aged 20, farmer, of Bridgewater,         son of Calvin and Lydia Ashport. VRH.

1846
    10 SEP 1846. Marriage. Hanson.
    Eunice Wood, aged 22, daughter of John and Eunice Wood, of Bridgewater, and Albert Ashport, aged 27, laborer,     of Bridgewater, son of Calvin and Lydia Ashport.
VRH.