Researching history about slavery and freedom in Suffield Connecticut, I was able to come across Richard Fortune from a classmate who found this source: http://libertyfunddc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/HARTFORD-COUNTY-BACKGROUND-AFRICAN-AMERICAN-REVOLUTIONARY-WAR-RESOLUTION.pdf See page 5 of 5 of this pdf published by the Liberty Fund organization.
While we have no other source that proves Richard Fortune was from Suffield in 1774 or prior to 1774, he is clearly listed on this source. We are in the process of verifying with the research that places Richard Fortune in Suffield, Ct.
Nevertheless, we discovered a great deal about Richard Fortune’s life during and after the Revolutionary War. He entered into the army at the age of around 18. Below are bullet points on more information we have on Richard Fortune.
- Was Born in 1747
- Fought in Revolutionary War
- African American soldier that lived in Suffield
- Lived in Berlin CT as well
- Wrote a petition for pension on April 8th 1818
- Was a Private in the War
- Married Dinah Fortune
- Died at the age of 88
- Death date April 7th 1835
- Died in Hampton, CT
This is all the info we have on him but it seems to be after the war. Do you have any information on him before, during or after the Revolutionary War?