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Re: [NY] Black families -Clinton County ?
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Thomas Tredwell's 40 slaves information I have found on Peter Billings which is my 3rd great grandfather.
Chazy Reader Clarifies History Of "Nigger Hill Road"
By Neil or Nell R. Sullivan
Every since I read " Off the Boston Track" about the " Nigger Hill Road" I have wanted
(Route 9), a little south of the brick tavern at Ingraham and in front of the old school house at Ingrabam
Moffit road. It is between the state road and Moffit road a d on the Beekermantown side that the colored
people lived. Obviously it is because of their presence there that the road got its name.
known to have been here in 1809. This road was then known as Doody Hill Road. All the Doodys left
Chazy and Beekermantown about 1837.
Beekermantown town by Judge Tredwell in 1793 when he and his family moved from Smithtown, L.I.
time he purchased land along the north line of the town of Beekermantown, built log houses and
established homes for them. It is said, he had about 40 in all.
this cemetery can be found a stone placed across the feet of Thomas Tredwell's grave bearing the following
Old Phyllis, the slave
The tradition is, that those who lived and died on the Nigger Hill Road are buried in the Ingraham
Cemetery, on the south side. There are no stones to mark their graves, niether were there vital statisics
records kept that early.
as free men. Another evidence of his character is the care taken in the burial of Phyllis.
laid out in the town of Chazy and according to the Clinton and Franklin county History by Hurd was the
fourth road to be built in that part of the town. (around Altona). It is mentioned as the road "Over Nigger
approximately 40 years. Russ Wheeler was head of one family, he had several children . He was a farm
laborer and worked by the day for many of the farmers on that road and military turnpike. He moved from
and Elijah Billings are on the 1857 Assessment Rolls as having 50 acres of land. They are known to have
cleared land and picked stones, the piles are still on this property.
a long period.
them, it is no trouble at all to find several people who know about them from their fathers or grandfathers
grandfather owned land along that road as early as 1855, and was well acquainted with the colored people.
of either of these roads but from facts concerning them, it would appear that they came into existence
about the same time. We tend, I believe to be extremely sensitive these days about the way we act toward
negroes. and, perhaps after all the abuse they have suffered at our hands, it is right we are so.
our maps seems ridiculous to me. Perhaps the word " Nigger " is offensive, but acutually the name borne
this road is a memorial to a very early example of decent treatment of the black man by the white man. If you have any information to share let me know I have other connection im sure of let me know if you are interested email me would work best for me firstname.lastname@example.org