Caesar Freeman

Gardner Town of Dublin, Cheshire Co., NH is listed in the 1790 census with 2 males 16 and over, 2 females and 1 free person.

 Caesar Freeman, servant to Gardner Town, was twenty-one years of age, July 8, 1790, at which time he said master gave him freedom.

 Other colored persons lived in Dublin who had been slaves.  Whether they were ever held as slaves here is not known.  The names of Caesar Lewis and Cato Boston are found in the tax list of 1793.  Their names are not inserted in succeeding tax lists.

A colored man, whose name was Dupee, lived at one time on lot three, range five.

Gardner Towne (or Town) was in Capt. Joseph Parker’s company in the summer of 1776, and was also in Capt. Samuel Twitchell’s company in the Rhode Island campaign in 1778.  He owned for five years, 1772 to 1777, the eights lot of the fourth range, afterwards the Hamilton place.  He then owned for seventeen or eighteen years lot 6 of range 9, and lived on the site of the place where Mr. Lampman now lives.  Four years later, in 1799.  Mr. Towne, still living in Dublin, sold land in the north-east corner of the town, near Dinsmoor Pond.  He moved to Stoddard, where he became a trader.  According to the census of 1790, he owned a slave, and was the only Dublin person who owned a slave.  The slave’s name was Caesar Freeman.  On his twenty-first birthday anniversary, July 8, 1790, Mr. Towne gave Caesar his freedom.  Mr. Towne was born at Souhegan West (now Amherst, N.H.), June 6, 1741.  He married Abigail Hopkins, a native of Charlestown School Farm (now a part of Amherst, N.H.).  We have not learned the place and date of his death.

 Source:  The History of Dublin, N.H.: containing the address by Charles Mason, and the proceedings at the centennial celebration, June 17, 1852, with a register of families”
Dublin, N.H.: The town, 1920.


Sometimes Fortune Little and Caesar Freeman would attend the Meeting House in Jaffrey.  A special pew was reserved for the blacks in the gallery and up the narrow stairs they would go to it.

 Source:  “Amos Fortune, Free Man,” by Elizabeth Yates, 1950