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See too

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/09/26/new_englands_hidden_history/

and (relating to Whitehaven, our local town)

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/riddle-of-slave-buried-with-washington-s-grandmother-1.396098?referrerPath=news

My wife’s former surname was Gale, so she invariably speculates about
bygone family connections…….

On 12 February 2015 at 16:14, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Only slightly on topic.
>
>
> http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2015/02/slaves-at-smith-parsonage-in-weymouth.html
>
> Slaves at the Smith Parsonage in Weymouth
> At the blog "Boston 1775" by J.L. Bell dated Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
>
> Remember that Abigail (Smith) Adams' older sister Mary married Richard
> Cranch and they were ancestor's of Eliot's mother. That is how he was a
> cousin to John Quincy Adams, Henry Adams and others (possibily even to
> Gomez Addams? ;-)
>
>
> The two most important paragraphs from the blog:
>
> As an adult, Abigail Adams strongly opposed the institution of slavery,
> yet she grew up in a slaveowning household. Her father, the Rev. William
> Smith, owned a male servant named Tom and a female servant named Phoebe,
> and they both played significant roles in Abigail’s life.
>
> The fact that Weymouth’s town minister owned slaves was not unusual in New
> England. Indeed, ministers were part of a community’s elite, and sometimes
> independently wealthy. It was common for a genteel young woman marrying a
> minister to receive an enslaved person as a wedding present to help her set
> up her new household.
>