Birth & Death Dates Unknown — Appears in a 1785 Record

Captain David Hilliard of Little Compton tried to use Rhode Island’s Gradual Emancipation Act to his advantage by coming to the town in April of 1785 to request that he be paid for eleven months’ care for his enslaved woman Sarah’s two children. The Town Council refused his request in August and thus confirmed the need for local slave owners to continue their support of the children of their enslaved women.[1] 

Marjory Gomez O’Toole, Executive Director, LCHS

First published in “If Jane Should Want to Be Sold: Stories of Enslavement, Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, Rhode Island,” by the Little Compton Historical Society, 2016.

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[1] Little Compton Town Council and Probate Records, Book 3, p. 104 & 113. 

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