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Lewis was an African American man enslaved by Captain William Hickcox. Hickcox's estate inventory, taken in 1737, included "Filis the negro woman," valued at £100, and "Lewis the negro man," valued at £140. Neither Lewis nor Fillis appeared in the estate distribution in 1739, nor were they mentioned in Hickcox's will. Lewis and Filis were among the first African Americans to be enslaved in Waterbury.



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William Hickcox's Estate Inventory
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William Hickcox's Estate Inventory, 1737
The second of three pages. Halfway down are "Lewis the negro man" valued at £140 and "Filis the negro woman" valued at £100. Collection of the Connecticut State Library, State Archives.

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