My sixth great grandfather Thomas Clark (1690-1764) was a deacon in Waterbury, CT, during the early years of settlement. He was the town clerk and treasurer for several years and a prosperous land owner.  He was also a slave owner. Clark bought a young boy named Mingo around 1730.  He hired him out to plow and do other labor for people in town.  After Clark died, Mingo lived with two of his sons. Mingo was listed as a member of the Congregational Church in 1795 and owned property. We don’t know if the Clark family eventually gave him his freedom.

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