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 Cuffee Dole

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Cuffee Dole

Birth
Death
17 Aug 1816 (aged 76–77)
Burial
Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID
14087372 View Source

From "Learning about Cuffee Dole" by Sally Applegate, Georgetown Record, Thursday, April 13, 2006:

"Cuffee was born a free black man in Boston in 1739. When he was only 3 years old he was sold by the unscrupulous woman who'd been hired to care for him. He was bought for $40 by Captain Dole of Baldpate Road and raised with the Dole family children, taking the last name Dole. Slaves always took the last name of their owner's family...

Cuffee ate, slept and played with the Dole children, but never received an education. When he was 25, his former nursemaid, nearing her own death, sent for Cuffee and showed him proof he had been born a free man. From then on Cuffee worked for wages, and also served in the American Revolution as the aide to General Lincoln.

Following the war, Cuffee served in some of the best homes in Boston, becoming well known for producing sumptuous banquets. In his final years he returned to Georgetown, running the farm for the widowed Mrs. Dole, and cared for her until her death. He then moved in with the Rev. Issac Braman, working for the family..."

From "Learning about Cuffee Dole" by Sally Applegate, Georgetown Record, Thursday, April 13, 2006:

"Cuffee was born a free black man in Boston in 1739. When he was only 3 years old he was sold by the unscrupulous woman who'd been hired to care for him. He was bought for $40 by Captain Dole of Baldpate Road and raised with the Dole family children, taking the last name Dole. Slaves always took the last name of their owner's family...

Cuffee ate, slept and played with the Dole children, but never received an education. When he was 25, his former nursemaid, nearing her own death, sent for Cuffee and showed him proof he had been born a free man. From then on Cuffee worked for wages, and also served in the American Revolution as the aide to General Lincoln.

Following the war, Cuffee served in some of the best homes in Boston, becoming well known for producing sumptuous banquets. In his final years he returned to Georgetown, running the farm for the widowed Mrs. Dole, and cared for her until her death. He then moved in with the Rev. Issac Braman, working for the family..."


Inscription

CUFFEE DOLE,
a respectable man of colour,
died rejoicing in the Lord,
Aug. 17, 1816.

White man turn not away in
disgust. Thou art my brother,
like me akin to earth and worms."

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