Catalog Number

71, 73, 75, 849




DESCRIPTION: Servant       
CHURCH: Green’s Farms 
MARRIAGE: February 17, 1791
DESCRIPTION: servant to  
AGE AT EMANCIPATION: between 25 and 45
SOURCE: Land Records 28: 588
NOTE: Renewed covenenant with his wife S29. “Timothy” in emancipation records; freed together with S29 (single record).
SOURCE: Probate Records Vol. 16 Pg. 390
NOTE: Tim and Jack bequeathed to wife Abigail at death of William (Westport Historical Record of William Bennitt’s Will + Testament… “5th Day of August 1772”)

In Question: The identity of Tim's father might be incorrect. Harry (S26) dies in 1744. If he truly were the father of Tim, Tim would have to be at least 22 years old by the time of his baptism in 1766. This seems too old to be considered a child in a baptismal record. Where the mistake lies, if there is a mistake, is uncertain.

Unlike most of Fairfield’s slaves, there is a long, descriptive paper trail regarding Tim’s life. Tim is first found as a child in a baptismal record. On February 17, 1766, Tim was baptised in the Green’s Farms church under the supervision of his owner, William Bennett. In 1772, William Bennett died and bequeathed Tim to his wife, Abigail, as long as Abigail remained unmarried. In William’s inventory, Tim is described as a boy worth £34/00/00. But, life goes on, and Abigail married a man named Thaddeus Morehouse the very next year. Tim was then given to the son of William and Abigail, named Captain Joseph Bennett. On February 17, 1791, Tim became a married man. Lille, a slave to Asahel Disbrow, married Tim in the very same church where he was baptised 26 years prior. While enslaved, Tim and Lille had a total of five children, Nancy, William Ward, Ire, and twins, Amos, and Alman. Yet, for nearly three years, the family remained split between two households. On April 29, 1794, Joseph Bennett purchased Lille, and her son, William Ward, from Asahel Disbrow for a combined £25/00/00. The only other child born at this point was Nancy, however, she had likely died as a small child, before being united with her father. On April 8, 1799, Tim was emancipated along with his wife, Lille. The couple moved with their children and a group of other white settlers to Delhi, New York, where they left a long and storied legacy. Tim likely died between 1820 and 1830. His family’s land contains a cemetery which is believed to hold his remains. More can be read about Tim and Lille Bennett in Diane Ciccone’s 1999 article, “Journeys of Freedom.” A copy is kept at the Fairfield Museum and Historical Society.






William Ward


Bennet, Joseph, Capt
Bennitt, William