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Yonkers,New York-Slaves in my genealogy.

I am a direct descendant of William Hadley(1732-1801),a prosperous farmer of Yonkers,Westchester County,New York. I have found information related to the slaves in his household & in the household of his father-in-law Charles Warner of Yonkers. My info comes from research into Wills,Probate,Census records & news stories relating to the farm house of William Hadley. This farm house still stands on the Old Post Road,Bronx,N.Y. The house gave shelter more than once to General George Washington during the Revolution. Designated historical landmark in early 2000's & is privately owned at this time. Slaves were kept in the stone room in the old south wing of the house. One story describes stone slabs jetting out from the stone wall on which the slaves slept. All of my research & many photos of the house over the years can be found at ancestry.com,my tree name is 'ROMEO EDWIN HADLEY',go to William Hadley,born 1732. I was very moved by the slave info in my research & wanted to share some of it here:
SLAVES IN WILLIAM'S WILL-HE LEAVES HIS 'BELOVED WIFE THE CHOICE OF ONE COW AND ONE RIDING HORSE,LIKEWISE MY WENCH HESTER WHO SHE MAY DISPOSE OF AS SHE MAY THINK PROPER'. AND 'THAT ALL MY STOCK AND NEGROS AND ALL MY FARMING UTENSILS SHALL BE SOLD BY MY EXECUTORS. INVENTORY-ONE NEGRO WENCH NAMED MAGDELINE,VALUE $100.00. -ONE NEGRO NAMED PETER,VALUE $300.00. -ONE NEGRO NAMED NICKALUS,VALUE $300.00. -ONE NEGRO BOY NAMED SAMUEL,VALUE $50.00. WILL WRITTEN-11/6/1801. ACTUAL WILL FOUND AT WESTCHESTER COUNTY ARCHIVES & RECORDS CENTER,NEW YORK. {I also find in the 1775 Will of Charles Warner of Yonkers,father-in-law of William Hadley,'I leave to Elizabeth,wife of William Hadley,a negro girl named HESTER which I value at L30,and the outset I gave her I value at L10. Other slaves in Will of Charles Warner:To eldest daughter Jane Berrion,wife of Cornelious Berrion,a negro girl named Maman valued at L30,To my wife a negro wench called Hannah and her child named Sip,To daughter Mary I leave the young child that said wench has at present,To daughter Phebe wife of Joseph Jadwin,a negro girl named Masse valued at L20,to daughter Dorcas wife of Moses Oakley,a negro girl named Hannah valued at L20,To son Isaac a negro boy valued at L30,To son Thomas,a negro boy valued at L30.' Will written Jan 4,1775,proved Jan 19,1775,Westchester County,New York.Source-Book found at hathitrust.org,Collections of the New-York Historical Society. v.32 (1899). } I FIND IN 1830 CENSUS HESTER PIRSON[SEARCH IS WRONG AS GIVES HER NAME AS HESTER BESSOM, ACTUAL CENSUS PAGE STATES 'PIRSON'.],LIVING IN YONKERS,BLACK,FREE COLORED PERSON,FEMALE 55-100 YRS OLD,FEMALE 24-36,MALE 36-55. ON 1840 CENSUS,IN SAME PLACE HESTER LIVED IN 1830,PETER PIERSON-YONKERS,BLACK,FREE COLORED PERSON,FEMALE 55-100,FEMALE 36-55,MALE 36-55.HE IS LIVING THREE DOORS DOWN FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON HADLEY,SON OF WILLIAM. I FIND ON 1850 CENSUS PETER PIERSON,YONKERS,BLACK,67 YRS,BORN ABT 1783 IN NY,LIVING ALONE-NEXT DOOR TO THE SAME GEORGE W HADLEY. I THINK THIS HESTER & PETER ARE MOTHER & SON,SAME HESTER & PETER IN WILL & INVENTORY OF WILLIAM HADLEY. THE ONLY NICHOLAS I FOUND WAS NICHOLAS JACKSON,BLACK,B.1788 NY,LIVING AT WEST FARMS,WESTCHESTER.CO,NY 1850 CENSUS. CONNECTICUT SON'S OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION APPLICATION OF GEORGE FRANCIS HADLEY,GRANDSON OF THE GEORGE HADLEY BORN 1760,DIED 1835: 'UPON THE ABOLISHMENT OF SLAVERY IN NEW YORK STATE IN 1812 THREE SLAVES BELONGING TO MY GRANDFATHER,KATE,MARY AND PETE REFUSED THEIR FREEDOM AND REMAINED WITH THE FAMILY TILL THEIR DEATHS.' APPLICATION DATE OCT 14,1911.


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