Festus Case - FEST1


Festus Case - FEST1




Son of Catherine/Cate.


Jackie Dinan

Location or Address


Enslaver or Household

Lieutenant Moses Case (died 1814), followed by his sons/heirs, Moses Luther Case and Matthias Case.


Original Southold parish register accessed at Ancestry.com under the collection entitled, U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701–1970New York>Southold>First Presbyterian Church>Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths>1749-1832>image 202/340 (baptism).
For marriage record see Wayland Jefferson, Cutchogue: Southold’s First Colony (1940), 156.
For manumission record see Southold Town Records Volume.3:90-91 (transcript) or original record at URL southoldtownny.gov=>Weblink/Laserfiche=>Town Clerk>Town Record Books>Liber D 1683-1832>image 56/238.

Male or Female


Baptism Date

February 18, 1776

Birth Date

1776. His birth year calculated from his age at the time of manumission coincides with his baptism date.

Marriage Date

April 26, 1814, at Cutchogue by Lathrop Thompson.

Misc. Date

Manumission recorded on April 2, 1814.

Biographical Notes

Festus' siblings included Enos (#1741), Jason (#1745), and Limus (#1743). His parents were Cesar (#1739) and Catherine/Cate (#1740).

NOTE: Lieutenant Moses Case died September 25, 1814, age 91. His will was proved October 13, 1814 (Suffolk County Will Liber C:446), in which sons Gilbert, Moses Luther, and Matthias were named.

Since Festus wasn't a common name, he was likely the same man who married Fillis two weeks after his manumission.

His name in the 1820 federal census at Southold has been incorrectly transcribed as Testus Cane (Free Black Heads of Households in the New York State Federal Census, 1790-1830 (Gale Genealogy & Local History Series, V14; 1981)). Another (Ancestry.com) transcribed him as Fisher Case, the head of a household containing three free people of color and 1 white child (1 male 26-45, 1 female 26-45, and 1 male under 14; the white child was probably an error). He was enumerated in the 1830 federal census at Southold as head of a household containing four free people of color (1 male 36-54; 1 female 24-35; 1 female 55-99; 1 male 10-23).


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“Festus Case - FEST1,” Plain Sight Project, accessed June 24, 2024, https://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1744.