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Wait, Caesar

Caesar Wait resided in New London around 1798.  He and his wife, Betsy Squib, a Mashantucket Pequot woman, had at least two children, Anna (bc. 1821) and James (bc. 1823).  Their union would not last, however, as Betsy made a formal charge of ill-treatment against Caesar in 1825.  Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 419. 

Jackson, George, 1812 -

George Jackson, the son of James Jackson and Elsie Prince of Groton, Connecticut, was employed in his early life as a whaler.  In 1832, he bought a tract of land in Groton from Peter Avery II.  Two years later, he married Elizabeth Limas but unsuccessfully filed for divorce in 1840.  In that year, the Groton census found that his household was comprised of four people: George, who was working as a farmhand, Elizabeth, and two boys under ten years old.  

Spragg, Thomas

Commander of the ship, The Sampson, Captain Thomas Spragg had connections at the highest levels along the northeastern Atlantic coast of America, from the Carolinas to New England.  He was responsible for transporting a number of New England Indians out of the colonies to Cadiz as slaves in late 1675.  Among his nearly 200 captives were eighty Indians from Plymouth Colony who were captured by Samuel Mosely and forty-five taken by the Mohegans.  Included in the number were Wampanoags who surrendered at Dartmouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts. L.H.

Wait, John Turner, 1811 - 1899

Born in New London, Connecticut, John Turner Wait was a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford.  After being admitted to the bar. He was appointed State’s Attorney for New London County (1848-1854), elected senator to Connecticut’s 8th District (1865-1866, Senate president pro tempore 1866), and served as a U.S. Senator from Connecticut’s 3rd District (1876-1887).  Wait died in Norwich on April 21, 1899.  Wikipedia. Image from Wikimedia Commons.


Butler, Thomas Belden, 1806 - 1873

Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Thomas Belden Butler graduated from Yale University medical school (1828) and commenced practice in Norwalk.  He was elected member of House of Representatives (1832-1846).  After studying law and being admitted to the bar (1837) he opened a practice in Norwalk.  Butler served in the State senate (1847 and 1848) and was elected to the Thirty-first U.S.

Foster, Lafayette S.

Born in Franklin, Connecticut, Lafayette Sabine Foster was educated at Brown University.  He studied law and was admitted to the bar at Centerville, Maryland.  He completed his legal studies in Norwich, Connecticut, where, after passing the bar, opened a practice by 1834.  Foster was a member of Connecticut's legislature but resigned his position to serve as a U.S.