Cato 

  • Record ID #: 49
  • Ancestry tree: Cato Family Tree (Buckingham)
  • Confidence Level: Highly Confident
  • gender: Male
  • Race/ethnicity: Black
  • Age at death: approx 90 years old if he belonged to Foster
  • Date of death: 01/14/1767
  • Master / Mistress: Possibly belonged first to Rev. Isaac Foster (d. 1682); grandfather of the Esq. Buckingham listed as his owner by the Historical Catalogue; later Anne Burnham, daughter of Rev. Foster and mother of Joseph Buckingham
  • Ancestry tree - Master/Mistress: Buckingham/Burnham Tree (Slaveholders)
  • Additional Relationships: Lived with Paul, Prime (incorrectly transcribed in HCFC as Lume (Quame?), Zipporah, and Nunny
  • Most recent residence: Hartford, CT
  • Longest place of residence: Lebanon, CT, where Joseph Buckingham resided, but also lived in Hockanum with Rev. Foster
  • Notes: Seems to have first belonged to Rev. Isaac Foster, valued at £22 in his inventory; belonged to Anne Burnham's son Joseph Buckingham; "Paul Buckingham, Negro" paid for the burial. On the last page of Joseph Buckingham's papers on Ancestry.com (saved in Shoebox) it lists Cato, Zipporah, Nunny and an infant, and Paul, as being Joseph's slaves. Since he never married or had children, his mother Anne inherited his estate. Cato inherited a bequest of 30 pounds when Buckingham died.
  • Bibliographic sources: BJB, 24; CTCHRec, Reel 505, records and papers, 17; CTPP (Buckingham); CTPP (Rev. Isaac Foster); CT Arc, Eccl, 12:189a, 190a, 191 (re: Buckingham's Will)
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