This website is a work in progress in two areas:
The Freedom Cases 1765-1783 is a database featuring images of primary documents concerning the lawsuits enslaved individuals filed in Essex County Massachusetts from 1764 to 1783. These images were collected by me during my research for my Masters Thesis in History from Salem State University, Massachusetts. As of January 2021, it contains most but not all of the images from the judicial archives which are stored at the Massachusetts State Archives.
People of African Descent in
Eighteenth-Century Essex County Massachusetts is the beginnings of a database of enslaved individuals of whom there are references in the Essex County probate records for the years 1765 - 1790. This is in the very early stages of development.
Please do not cite these without consulting me, so that I can give you the permanent web citations.