Cuffee "Kofi" Slocum (1718 - 1772)

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Birthplace: Ghana
Death: Died in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Carpenter, Farmer, Fisherman
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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About Cuffee "Kofi" Slocum

Cuffee Slocum "Kofi" 1718-1772

Cuffee Slocum, whose birth name was Kofi was a member of the Ashanti group from Ghana, Africa. Kofi was captured and was sold into slavery and arrived in Newport RI in 1728.

Ebenezer Slocum from Dartmouth Ma purchased Kofi in the 1728 and remained with Ebenezer for 15 years. On Feb 16 1742 Kofi was sold to John Slocum (Ebenezer's nephew) for 150 pounds. Kofi eventually earned his freedom and was finally freed in 1745. Kofi then took the name "Cuffee Slocum". Cuffee worked as a skilled carpenter, farmer and fisherman and also taught himself how to read and write.

In 1746 Cuffee married Wampanoag Indian Ruth Moses (?-1787). They had 10 children: David(1747), Jonathan(1749), Sarah(1751), Mary (1753-1804) Phebe(1755), John(1757), Paul (1759-1817),Lydia(1761), Ruth(1763), Freelove (1765).

Cuffee then moved to Cuttyhunk Island and began to raise his family. Cuffee and his wife remained as caretakers of the Slocum Farm. It's worth noting that Cuttyhunk Island was owned by Peleg Slocum then later his son Holder Slocum.

In 1766 Through hard work, Cuffee purchased a 116-acre farm in Westport Ma once owned by David and Grace Brownell.

It is important to note those of the Quaker (Friends) faith treated their slaves as servants. The slaves were educated, and brought to worship along with the other members of the household. (1)

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  1. http://neprhauntedhistory.weebly.com/paul-cuffee.html
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Cuffee
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Cuffee Slocum's Timeline

1718
1718
Ghana
1746
1746
Age 28
1747
1747
Age 29
Cuttyhunk Islnd, Massachusetts, USA
1749
1749
Age 31
Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, USA
1751
1751
Age 33
Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, USA
1753
1753
Age 35
Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, USA
1755
1755
Age 37
Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, USA
1757
1757
Age 39
Cuttyhunk Island, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
1759
January 17, 1759
Age 41
Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
1761
1761
Age 43
Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, USA