Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 2

Price Realized: $ 2,880
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
COLONIAL CONNECTICUT SLAVE DOCUMENT (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Manuscript Bill of Sale for a Negro boy named Ki; single sheet of paper 6 x 7 3/8 inches, written on one side and docketed on the reverse. Paper evenly toned. Canaan, CT, 1771

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A boy named Ki, about eighteen years of age, is being sold to Samuel Forbes by Abraham Hollenbeck.
Samuel Forbes (1729-1827) was a pioneer ironworker in Connecticut, who became active in a variety of businesses connected to the iron industry, centered in Salisbury. In 1768 he and partners (including Ethan Allen) turned a small forge into a blast furnace which later became the firm of Forbes & Allen. Forbes was a slaveholder who eventually freed his own slaves, and made his home a way station on the Underground Railroad.