Dick or Richard

Title

Dick or Richard

Subject

Person

Contributor

Jackie Dinan

Sex

Male

Location or Address

Southold

Status

Enslaved

Enslaver or Household

John Tooker [Tucker]

Misc. Date

October 7, 1684. Bill of sale signed by Iseck [Isaac] Arnold, seller, to John Tooker [Tucker].
June 3, 1686. Marriage contract between John Tooker and Hannah Elton, mentioning Richard.
May 29, 1690. Codicil to John Tooker's will.

Biographical Notes

The birthplace and birth year of Dick/Richard are unknown. Tooker purchased Dick from Isaac Arnold of Southold in 1684 and was part of Tooker's marriage contract with widow Hannah Elton. "[should she outlive him], that whatever land, housing, or other estate he shall died seised of within the Township of Southold shall remaine and belong to the said Hannah Elton dureing her life—together with the sole use and full possession of his Negro slave named Richard, whom he bought of Mr. Isaac Arnold." He was likely the one enslaved person enumerated in Captain Tucker's household in Southold in 1686. Tooker's will, written in 1688, didn't mention Dick, but a later codicil, written in 1690, did.

Source/s

Town of Brookhaven Records to 1800 [Volume 1]: 52
Joseph W. Case Southold Town Record Book, Volume 2 (1884): 215.
William Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills, Suffolk County, 1691-1703 (1897): 41.

Files

1684.BrkhvnRec Vol 1 p52.Dick_Isaac Arnold to Tooker.JPG
1690.Richard_Tooker codicil.JPG

Collection

Citation

“Dick or Richard,” Plain Sight Project, accessed November 29, 2021, https://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1850.