Filed a petition for freedom with James Cromwell, Freeman Augustus Hill, and John Barter, all black men who cited the Law of Nature in the Declaration of Independence and the ideas of equal freedom and equal protection of the laws as justification for their freedom. James Cromwell (d. 1809 East Hartford) belonged to a Tory who left CT for Long Island in 1776. On Long Island his master enlisted Cromwell in the British Army. Very few CT black men fought for the British. Cromwell deserted and then joined the Continental Army.
CT Arc., Misc., ser. II, vol. 1, pp. 109a-b.