During 1774, there was great turmoil in the colonies. There were those who supported the Sons of Liberty, those in the middle, and those who supported the British. Today, there is not an exact number of how many Loyalists there were, but there were many more then we would have believed. It can be assumed that they were the
Example of a Loyalist
wealthiest and people with the most power. Together they came up with the name “Loyalists” for themselves. In places such as Massachusetts and Virginia there were very little Loyalists, but in colonies such as New York and New Jersey, they very well could have been a majority. Loyalists would be the wealthiest men because they have benefitted the most from the Crown, and most likely have the closest ties to Britain. When things intensified, the Loyalists were treated poorly, a patriot preference was tarring and feathering.
I would like to look more in depth into the Loyalists, in particular in Connecticut. I will look into Suffield specifically, after looking at them as a whole I believe there are more in Suffield. After all they are supposed to be some of the wealthiest people, and Suffield was rich.
Titus Kent’s name is on this memorial of soldiers that fought in the Revolution
Document on Titus Kent, taken from ancestory.com
In our class’ research we have been looking into Suffield Connecticut, and freedom in 1774. Most recently I have been researching Titus Kent and his background history. Titus Kent is the father of Old Ti. He was a slave to Samuel Kent, the father of Elihu Kent. Samuel promised Elihu to give him Titus after he died. While belonging to Elihu, he went off to war, fighting in the Revolution. Most likely he did this to gain his freedom; however, it is unknown if he attained his freedom from fighting in the Revolution. During the time slave owners would apply for the slave to get a pension, and this is the case with Titus Kent. His pension is filled in so that people other than himself would be able to collect his pension.
While we know that Titus fought in the Revolution, there are many more factors that we do not yet know about his situation. One of these could be the pension, and if Titus even wanted to apply for a pension? Whether or not if Titus Kent attained his freedom, and why exactly Samuel Kent had given him to Elihu Kent. I want to look further into whether or not he finally got his freedom, and his legacy in the town of Suffield.
The source listed is the Suffield Connecticut Historical Society’s website: http://www.suffieldct.gov/content/10058/10064/default.aspx, it contains a great amount of information on the history of Suffield. The source itself is the town of Suffield’s website, in particular the history of Suffield. According to the website, Suffield was a great supporter of the Revolutionary War. This comes as no surprise, because Suffield used to be called Southfield and was a part of Massachusetts, becoming part of Connecticut in 1749. After being a part of Massachusetts for 79 years, it can be inferred that they are still partial to that state, and support their decisions. This started off with the embargo against England, and continued with sending supplies and men to fight in the war. Suffield accounted for one third of all of Connecticut’s militia. No doubt Suffield was a great part in helping the war effort in every way that they could.
This is what I have investigated so far, and I believe it would be worthwhile to further investigate if Suffield was making a good amount of money in any other ways. If Suffield were such a great supporter of the Revolutionary War, and such a rich town, were they also making profit on sending ships down to the Caribbean? In the future as a class we need to look at if they were involved in sending anything down to the Caribbean, and what was getting sent to the Caribbean. This source is a great source coming from the Suffield Historical Society’s webpage, so it will not tell us anything they are not aware of. However, it does gives us a good idea of where to start, and what to start with. Unfortunately, the source does not focus in too much on the time period that we are looking in depth into, nor does it give more of a background on slavery in the time period. Nonetheless slavery was there.