Negro male


Jackie Dinan



Location or Address




Enslaver or Household

William Albertson, who sold him to Jeremiah Moore

Birth Date

1789, calculated from his reported age (80 years) at the time of his death.

Baptism Date

September 18, 1800

Death Date

August 26, 1869
August 27, 1869 [funeral]

Misc. Date

March 24, 1817, Lymas sold to Jeremiah Moore

Biographical Notes

He was the son of Kedar (#1639) and Pegg (#1640). Oral tradition states he married twice and fathered six children. The name of his first wife and whether or not they had children is unknown. His wife, Zipporah, died between 1850–1860 [she was enumerated in the 1850 Federal census, but not in 1860].

Lymas can be found in four Federal censuses: 1830 at Southampton, 1840 at Southampton, 1850 at East Hampton, and 1860 at East Hampton. He can be found in the 1865 New York State census, residing in East Hampton/Sag Harbor post office.

A petition to prove his will was submitted to Suffolk County Surrogate Court on November 6, 1869, naming his heirs (he was a widower). His known children include Austin Derby (died 1871 at Sag Harbor), Caroline Derby Cuffee (probably died 1901 at Sag Harbor), Maria Jane [also Jane M.] Derby Youngs (probably died 1902 at Yaphank almshouse), and Margaret Derby.


Original Southold parish register accessed at under the collection entitled, U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701–1970New York>Southold>First Presbyterian Church>Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths>1749-1832>image 295/340 [baptism].

The runaway advertisement, published in the National Advocate (New York, New York), ran for at least 11 weeks (March 31, 1815–June 23, 1815).

The diary of Reverend Epher Whitaker noted the date of Limas's funeral and his age. See Epher Whitaker diary; Whitaker Collection, Southold Free Library, page 211 [unpublished].

In 1872, administration papers of Elymus Derby were filed at Suffolk County Surrogate Courthouse in Riverhead.

"Limas" biographical paragraph taken from J.W. Case, “Kedar and his Family” in Long Island Traveler, January 23, 1879.

Biographical Text

The will of William Albertson (Liber D: 159, dated August 20, 1815) instructed, "my will is that my negro man Limas be manumitted by my executors...and that they pay him the sum of $25 and give him his clothes...." On Marcy 17, 1816, Albertson added a codicil, "And as to the disposition in my said will made of my negro man Limas and negro girl Margaret, I hereby revoke the same and direct Limas to be manumitted according to the act and his clothing delivered to him...." William Albertson died September 26, 1818; his will was proved October 6, 1818.


1815.Limas runaway advert.Albertson.jpg



“Lymas/Elimas,” Plain Sight Project, accessed January 25, 2022,