1731Robin Freeman (1731-1806)People and Communities, African American History, Notable People

It is not known where Robin Freeman was born, or how he came to be in Gloucester. He was enslaved by Gloucester mariner Captain Charles Byles, who lived across the road from the present-day Wellspring House. Robin, who was known at the time of his enslavement as Robin Byles (Biles), bought his freedom in 1769 when he changed his last name to Freeman. He then rented a house from Captain Byles and worked on a nearby farm, which became known as Robin’s Farm.

Freeman married Molly Roberts on May 8, 1755 in the Second Parish. Together they had one son, named Robert, who would become a prosperous farmer and landowner, and who would buy the Davis-Freeman house in 1826.

Wellspring House, History Lives Here: Freeman Family Project. “Cape Ann Slavery | A History of Slavery in the Cape Ann Area of Massachusets.” https://capeannslavery.org/. Correspondent, Claire Law Globe, Updated June 19, 2023, and 7:11 p m Share on Facebook Share on TwitterView Comments. “A Wellspring of Black Family History Uncovered at Gloucester House - The Boston Globe.” BostonGlobe.com. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/06/19/metro/wellspring-black-family-history-uncovered-gloucester-house/.
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