Silve was an African American girl enslaved by a Waterbury
farmer named Caleb Humaston. Humaston lived in the Northbury
section of Waterbury, now part of the town of Thomaston,
and had ten children.
Humaston died in 1776; the inventory of his estate, taken
in 1777, shows Silve valued at £20 and a man named
Mingo valued at £42. Silve was bequeathed to Humaston's
widow and to his daughter Phebe Turner.