Hannah  Duce

  • Master / Mistress: James Richards (d. 1680); Thomas Richards (d. 1749)
  • Occupation: Servant
  • Child: Abda Duce-Ginnings
  • Additional Relationships: 04/01/1673 convicted of fornication with John Ginnings and William Hadwell (emigrated to NE in 1671), both of whom could have fathered her child Hartford, CT convicted of fornication and sentenced to be fined or whipped 04/01/1673 HCCM, 166; after bearing a child (Abda); the two men were ordered to pay support for the child
  • Most recent residence: Hartford, CT
  • Notes: Her punishment for her conviction was to pay 40 shillings or be whipped; testimony concerning death of John Wells 1695; Duce, Hannah, negro slave of Thomas Richards, question of slavery of her child Abda, whom she claimed was son of John Gennings, a white man, 1702/3.
  • Bibliographic sources: HCCM, 166; Ct Arc. Crim and Misd, 1:208b (Wells murder); CT Archives, Misc., II, doc. 14, 21a, c
  • Her punishment for her conviction was to pay 40 shillings or be whipped; testimony concerning death of John Wells 1695; Duce, Hannah, negro slave of Thomas Richards, question of slavery of her child Abda, whom she claimed was son of John Gennings, a white man, 1702/3. See also “The Eyes of Injustice: The Story of Hannah Duce”

  • Confidence Level - confidence_level - Highly Confident
  • Ethnicity/Race/Tribal Affiliation: Black (defined as Unknown origins, but listed as a person of color)
  • Gender: Female