Did Titus Kent ever get his freedom? Did he apply for a pension?
Or did he in fact die in the war?
Why did Jonathan Kent apply for Titus’s pension before he applied for his own?
Finally, we are wondering if Titus Kent’s wife, Rose Gay, applied for the pension. Further, we were hoping to learn more about Rose Gay, whom Reverend Ebenezer Gay purchased in the middle of the 1700s (before the Revolution) at Middletown from a Mr. Phillips.
During the first term of our American studies class, I have been looking into Titus Kent and his family. I have found a good deal of information about Titus Kent’s travel to the colonies, his time in the war as well as his life after the war, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I plan to take all of the information I have found so far in my research and determine what questions are yet to be answered. As I progress through the spring term leading up to the presentation, I plan on looking for the answers to many of these unanswered questions.
In my first HOT log I looked into how Titus Kent came to the colonies and at which port he arrived. From my research I found that he came on a Dutch ship, and these Dutch ships mostly came out of Ghana and Nigeria. Each country had its territories within the colonies, so it would be possible for me to research where the Dutch territories in the colonies were. These symbolized where the ships came from. Even if I find the Dutch territories ships did at times come into other countries ports which makes this whole search more challenging.
In my second HOT log I researched Titus Kent’s participation in the war and the aftermath. I know for sure that he did fight in the Revolutionary War, but I have yet to determine whether he did that to get his freedom or for his master, Captain Elihu Kent. I found documents proving that Titus Kent’s war pension was applied for by someone else, but does that mean Titus Kent didn’t get his freedom? Or did he get his freedom, just not his pension?
Since I have researched these questions I have found a lot of information about the Kent family, the owners, and the Kent family, the slaves.
Samuel Kent and Abiah Dwight had a son, Elihu Kent, who married Rebecca Kellog and had multiple children with her. One of them was Jonathan Kellogg Kent, the man who applied for Titus Kent’s pension. The interesting thing is that Jonathan Kent was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In addition to applying for Titus Kent’s pension he applied for his own pension, but he applied for Titus’s pension before he applied for his own. In the documents showing that Jonathan applied for Titus’s pension there is a suggestion that Titus actually died in the war.
It is evident that it states “to Titus Kent late a soldier”, something that can be interpreted as the fact that Titus Kent actually died in the war.
After looking more into Titus Kent’s son, Old Ti, who was born in 1787, I understood that Titus could not have died in the war. That makes me wonder: When did Titus Kent die?
Jonathan Kent applied for Titus’s pension in 1830, does that mean that Titus had just died? Or did he die a long time before, but they didn’t apply for his pension? Or could Titus not apply for his pension before because he was still enslaved?