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Jehu Grant: Slave, Revolutionary Volunteer, Freed Man

Jehu Grant was born a slave in Rhode Island. He was living in Narragansett RI when he ran away from his master and served in various capacities in the American army during the Revolutionary War. His situation was discovered and he was returned to his master, who later sold him to a man named Grant. With the assistance of Joshua Swan, his freedom was purchased his from that master and in return he agreed to work for Swan for a certain time.

Joshua Swan took up residence in Milton, Saratoga County, and brought along Jehu Grant. After the agreed term had expired, Jehu Grant continued to live in Saratoga County. He married and had several children: he is listed in the 1820 Federal Census of the Town of Milton with a household consisting of two males under 14, one male 14 to 26 and one over 45, and with a female 14 to 26 and one over 45. (The number stamped on the page at this line is the page number.)

His neath notice appeared in the Saratoga Whig on January 5, 1841:

Most of these pension file images were provided to us courtesy of Pat Blackwell, a descendant of Joshua Swan. She has also posted Joshua Swan's 1803 will in the Rootsweb Archives. (see Will of Joshua Swan)

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