Census of Exeter and Oliver Hanchett’s family

After searching 1790’s census at Southwick and 1790’s census at Hamden, I didn’t find any people who is related to our main character – Exeter. At first I guess is because that most of slaves’ surname are given by their mother, because they have no idea who their father is. Also some freed slaves were known to have changed their surnames after gaining freedom. And when we consider that Exeter is not a slave but only a free African American, the potential of finding information about him on record is challenging.

On the other hand, searching Hanchett in Suffield comes out result of Capt. Oliver Hanchett who born in 17, August, 1741 and died in 20, September, 1816, who married with Rachel Gillet and had nine kids, one of them had the same name to his father, Oliver Hanchett, who dead in the year he born. However, keep searching the latest posterity of Oliver Hanchett, I found Theodore Hallas Hanchett, which lived from 1920 to 2007. Thus, unfortunately, we cannot get more information by talking to Oliver Hanchett’s offspring face to face.





5 thoughts on “Census of Exeter and Oliver Hanchett’s family

  1. hykshannon

    your research is very effective in further researching on flora’s case. what other pathway do you plan to go in unlocking exeter’s information as the census might not work as well as expected? i think you should try tracking hanchett’s offsprings from other ways that you might find theodore hanchett’s kids.


  2. frankwxxxx

    They are very useful information for us to use, great effort finding those. Can you please explain more about the usage and your thoughts on the information you found? Extend a bit more to explain further investigation suggestions regard to your information


  3. cxcoco

    Great effort in researching the family tree for Hanchett. Are you positive that the Hanchett you found is valid to the one we are finding? You can explain some of your thoughts about the skills you used and what do you think the information you found can help advance our research.


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