Lille

Catalog Number

209, 702, 678, 213

Sex

female

Notes

RENEWAL OF COVENANT: July 1, 1792
DESCRIPTION: servant  
CHURCH: Green’s Farms (adult baptism) 
MARRIAGE: February 17, 1791 
DESCRIPTION: servant to … 
CHURCH: Green’s Farms
AGE AT EMANCIPATION: between 25 and 45
SOURCE: Land Records 28: 588
NOTE: Renewed covenant at same time as her husband S28.  “Lill” in marriage and emancipation records; freed together with her spouse, S28 (single record)
DESCRIPTION: woman
SOURCE: Land Records 34: 721

Unlike most of Fairfield’s slaves, there is a long, descriptive paper trail regarding Lille’s life. Lille is first found as a child in the inventory of her owner’s estate. In February or March of 1777, Joseph Disbrow died and bequeathed Lille to his son, Asahel. In Joseph’s inventory, Lille is described as a girl worth £25/00/00. On February 17, 1791, Lille became a married woman. Tim, a slave to Captain Joseph Bennett, married Lille in the church in Green’s Farms. 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, Lille was emancipated along with her husband, Tim. 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. Lille likely died some time between 1810 and 1820. Tim and Lille Bennett’s family’s land contains a cemetery which is believed to hold her remains. More can be read about the Tim and Lille Bennett in Diane Ciccone’s 1999 article, “Journeys of Freedom.” A copy is kept at the Fairfield Museum and Historical Society.

Husband

Tim

Children

Nancy
William Ward
Amos
Almon
Ire

Households

Bennet, Joseph, Capt
Disbrow, Asahel
Disbrow, Joseph