I am interested in making contact with anyone who has African descent heritage in 18th century New England. You may be a proud generational family who acknowledges and is locally recognized as a family of African descent.  You may be a family that, through intermarriage lives as a European descent family but is aware of or believes you have African descent ancestry. 

My research as a biographer has focused on the ordinary man and (woman) of this era. My goal has been to raise up the name and lives, document history and introduce, to educators, the inclusion of African descent people and the contribution their lives made in the founding and early years of our country.

A more recent goal is to make personal connections with families that also share 18th century New England African American history. 

I have family in Western Mass. and the Cambridge, Mass. area.  Family names include Persip, Grant, Hamilton, Ceaser and Tucker.  These are the names I know about. 

I would appreciate contact from folks who have this heritage.

Thank you

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Although they are not my family there is a Drock Family in New Hampshire . I once assisted one of their relatives on Line. The family dated from the 1700 and is posted on line if you wish to access it.

Thank you for your reply.  I will seek the family out.

Hi, Adelaide. Although I am not (to my knowledge) descended from this family (the Reddings of Wayne), my ancestors (Canwell) were connected to them over several generations, including by marriage.  Otis Redding was born in Massachusetts around 1776 and was in Maine before 1800, living on the lot settled by my ancestor John Canwell, an Englishman who, I believe, ended up in America attached to the British army, though he was likely not a soldier. Otis died in 1802 (I believe) so a description of him by race does not appear in any census records. A woman name Deborah Redding (Redden, Ridden, Reading, etc.) seems to have been his sister, having been born in Massachusetts around the same time as Otis.  She is listed in the 1850 and 1860 census reports for Fayette as "mulatto." She was a pauper and never married. I have searched for Otis Redding's family to no avail in Massachusetts. There are several Reddings in the early 19th Century in Boston, and it appears that some of them were of African descent. I do not know if they were of the same family as the Reddings in Maine, an intriguing family should you wish to investigate them.   Good luck with your very important research. So much remains to be learned of the role of African Americans in New England.


Thank you so much for this lead.  If anything comes of this I will be backing touch.

I am currently writing course description to be used with History teachers so that they may complete the telling of the story of the early United States. It is only in the inclusion of the African American story will we truly have American History.

Thank you for your response.


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