Boose

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Title

Boose

Subject

Person

Description

An enslaved woman of African heritage, Boose is the earliest known named enslaved person in East Hampton. She was part of the Lion and Mary Gardiner holdings and mentioned in at least two contemporary sources.

Name

Boose

Sex

Female

Status

Enslaved

Owner or Household

"Mistris Gardiner"/ Mary Willemsen Deurcant Gardiner (1601-1655)

Biographical Text

Samuel Parsons deposition (Feb. 19, 1657) in Elizabeth (Gardiner) Howell's death: "...goody simons lay be her yt ngiht & there was her husband & I & boose & we heard a noyse on ye side of the bed as if sumthing had scratched very hard..." (See image detail)

Misc. Date

Feb. 19, 1657
April 17, 1665 (Mary Gardiner's will)

Source/s

East Hampton Town Records Vol. I, p.129

Citation

“Boose,” Plain Sight Project, accessed August 4, 2020, http://plainsightproject.org/items/show/296.

Geolocation