Dorcas

Title

Dorcas
[Freeman]

Description

African descent

Contributor

Jackie Dinan

Sex

Female

Location or Address

Southold

Status

Enslaved

Enslaver or Household

James Horton and executors of his estate (Benjamin Horton Jr., Gilbert Horton)

Birth Date

March 1774 (oral tradition)

Marriage Date

March 15, 1807

Death Date

March 27, 1871
March 30, 1871 (funeral)

Misc. Date

August 16, 1816 (manumission certified approved by Overseers of the Poor). September 25, 1816 (manumission certificate recorded in town record book)

Biographical Notes

Oral tradition claims she was the daughter of Jedediah Benjamin (see bio info under "Maltby" paragraph in J.W. Case article, Long Island Traveler). She married Maltby Goldsmith/Freeman (#1641); the couple had four children: Maria (#1653), Prudence (#1654), Jasper (#1655), and Phillip (#1656). Dorcas was a highly-regarded flax weaver.

She was enumerated in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Federal censuses, residing in Southold. She was enumerated in the 1865 New York State census, residing in Southold.

Source/s

Southold Town Records Volume 3: 104 (manumission).
Salmon Records: 113 (marriage).
J.W. Case, “Kedar and his Family,” Long Island Traveler, January 23, 1879. Paragraph on Maltby.

Cleveland Supplement published in Long Island Traveler, April 24, 1879, page 3.

"Dorcas" memorial by Reverend Epher Whitaker available at the Southold Free Library, Whitaker Collection (Ref #2008.0011.0007). Reverend Whitaker noted the funeral of Dorcas Freeman, March 30, 1871, age 97) in his diary, page 230 (unpublished, Southold Free Library, Whitaker Collection).

Files

Dorcas.complete.pdf
1879.Maltby by JW Case.JPG
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1871.DEA.Dorcas Freeman in Cleveland Supplement.JPG
1807.MARR.Melbe_Darkis.maybe Maltby_Dorcas.JPG

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Citation

“Dorcas,” Plain Sight Project, accessed May 22, 2022, http://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1642.