Massachusetts Historical Society

Collections Online

Return to End of Slavery

Will of Catherine Cornwell, 8 February 1752

Will of Catherine Cornwell, 8 February 1752

page:

  • 1
  • 2
  • To order an image, navigate to the full
    display and click "request this image"
    on the blue toolbar.


    Catherine Cornwell wills her estate to her "true and trusty friend," Scipio Fayrweather, and to her children Juby, Cornwell, Rose, Catherine, and Margreet, 8 February 1752.  The will is signed with her "mark," a symbol commonly used by the illiterate in lieu of a signature.  Catherine, a free black living in Boston, married her friend Scipio on 28 August 1754.

    Top