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Pvt Jeffrey Brace 1742-1827
Jeffrey was born on or about 1742 in West Africa as Boyrereau Brinch. He was captured by slave traders at the age of 16 years and shipped to Barbados, where he was sold to a New England ship captain. After fighting as an enslaved sailor in the French and Indian War (1754-1763), Jeffrey, in late 1763, was taken to New Haven, Colony of Connecticut and sold. Sixteen years later he (a.k.a. Jeff Stiles (Sill) enlisted in the Continental Army in hopes of winning his manumission.
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