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Cuff Capeny

Cuff Capeny was one of the roughly 400 African Americans from Connecticut who fought in the Revolutionary War. Other African American soldiers from Waterbury included Joseph Munn, Castor Freeman, Lemuel “Pete” Peters, Shelton (no last name given), and an unnamed man (possibly Grigg) belonging to John Trumbull. Capeny served as a private in Capt. Theophilus Munson’s Company, enlisting on May 26, 1777.

Concerned about the risks of warfare, Cuff Capeny wrote out his will on June 2, 1777, leaving 5 pounds each to “my friend Timothy a Negro man living with Isaac Newton [of Waterbury]” and to “Silence, a servant of...Joseph Hopkins.” In addition, Capeny gave £10 to Stephen Bronson, £6 to Moses Cook, a “caster” hat to Asa Hopkins and a beaver hat to Joseph Hopkins, Jr. The remainder of his estate, consisting of “clothing, notes of hand,” and wages owed to Capeny, was left to his executor, Joseph Hopkins.

Capeny died the following year. The war records indicate that he “mustered dead” in March 1778.

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Cuff Capeny's Will
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Cuff Capeny's Will - 1777
Collection of the Connecticut State Library, State Archives.

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