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Sampson Freeman

Sampson Freeman appears as a tax-paying resident of Waterbury in 1780. This may be the same Sampson who was enslaved by Waterbury's Congregational minister John Southmayd. Southmayd died in 1755: his will mentioned his two slaves, Sampson and Fillis, and promised to grant them their freedom if they were "faithful, careful and industrious" in helping to "bring up" Southmayd's grandchildren.

Waterbury's land records include the mention of a "small dwelling house" built by Sampson, "a Negro man," which stood on a lot owned by Simeon Nichols and later by Capt. William Leavenworth. The house was purchased by Dick Freeman in 1792.

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