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Howard Family of Massachusetts

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(An interesting project - a sub-project of the African American Master project).

A project on New England slaves.

Descendants of Fortune Howard

Fortune was one of Isaac Royall, Jr.'s slaves and the genealogy of his descendants has been thoroughly researched by Frank Dorman, the results of which are published in his book, Twenty Families of Color in New England, 1742-1998.

The Howard family and their descendants have included a number of highly accomplished individuals, starting with Fortune's grandson, Peter, a noted musician who owned a barbershop in Beacon Hill which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

A later descendant served as a surgeon to Union soldiers during the Civil War, and another member of the family was the first African American to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Descendants of Fortune Howard's live in Lexington, Massachusetts today and are members of the Royall House Association.