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No one really knows about Salem Poor

Salem Poor Biography at Black History Now - Black Heritage ...
This is Salem Poor in a picture and what he might have looked like.
Salem Poor - Wikipedia
This is Salem Poor on a U.S. Stamp.

Salem poor is from my hometown Andover Mass, and it seems no one really knows about him around the town from what I have seen on the internet and in the Andover Townsman. Salem Poor lived in Andover and was owned by John Poor. Then when the revolutionary war came around, John Poor had already released Salem and they had a pretty good relationship, Salem decided to enlist. He enlisted in 1774 and was immediately thrown into the fight. He ended up being in Boston for most of his service, and he is best remembered for what he did at the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he was credited with killing the British Lieutenant James Abercrombie. I don’t think enough people really know about Salem Poor and I want to change that.  

Salem Poor, Brave War Soldier Who No One Knows About.

A drawn picture of Salem Poor.

An African American salve born in 1747, on a farm in Andover Mass, my hometown. He was born into to slavery. Owned by John Poor, where he got his name from, who gave Salem a yearly salary of 27 pounds. Before Joining the revolutionary war, Salem ended up buying his own freedom from his master. Married in 1769 and Lived in with his wife and son in Andover. But in May of 1775 Salem enlisted himself into the Military. He ended up being in Boston for most of his time, he his best remember for what he did at the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he was credited with killing the British Lieutenant James Abercrombie. Poor was enlisted till 1780 and was known to have been at Valley Forge and the Battle of the White Plains. The marriage didn’t last, and Salem ended up re marring. His second wife, Mary Twing, was a free African American. The couple ended up moving to Providence but couldn’t support themselves so had to leave the city. Salem ended up getting Married 4 times and the last time in 1801, ended up dying in 1802.

https://www.nps.gov/revwar/about_the_revolution/salem_poor.html

  http://blackhistorynow.com/salem-poor/