Were 1/4 of Spuyten Duyvil’s 17th Century Residents Black?

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    Spuyten Duyvil Hill’s first European settler was George Tippett, who died in 1675 and left his property to his son, George. In 1698, constable “Samuell Hickokes” took a census of “Inhabitants of Fordham and Adjacent Places.” The only three people listed that appear to have lived on Spuyten Duyvil Hill were “Joarge Tippit and his wife Joane and one child: Joarge and one Slave adum.” Many other settlers and slaves lived in Fordham, the valley of Kingsbridge and adjacent areas according to the list. Frederick Philipse is listed as having 20 slaves in the area.

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