Daisy Freeman Hench***

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Galileo Freeman***

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Curiosity Freeman***

Curiosity Freeman, born into slavery, gained her manumission papers with the help of a Quaker abolitionist. She is a central character in the Wilderness novels.

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Obituary

With great sadness we report that Mrs.… Read more.

Almanzo Freeman***

Waiting patiently..

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African Free School***

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Livingston Family***

One member of the historical Livingston family – politically and socially quite powerful in the early 19th century in New York City – plays a minor role in the Wilderness series. Edward Livingston, a lawyer originally of New York City, and his wife, , originally of the Sugar Islands appear in Queen of Swords as prominent residents of New Orleans.… Read more.

Slavery

Slavery in the U.S. is a central topic in many of the Wilderness novels.  ‘The Freeman family, headed by , manumitted slaves, along with their children and grandchildren, play pivotal roles in the entire series.


The Dutch Slave Trade in New Amsterdam

From Wikipedia:

The enslavement of African people in the United States began in New York as part of the Dutch slave trade.Read more.

Luke Scott Bonner

Luke Scott Bonner was born in 1776  to Giselle Somerville, the daughter of Lord Bainbridge, lieutenant governor of Lower Canada, at her home in Montreal.  Because she was not married, her father took the infant away to be raised by Giselle’s mother.… Read more.

Freeman Family

and are main characters in the Wilderness series. They were among the earliest settlers of the village of Paradise; Curiosity, a midwife, delivered most of the residents born between 1750 and 1800.

Both the Freemans were born into slavery in Pennsylvania on the same farm.… Read more.