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There were at least two women named Peg in Waterbury and Westbury.

The first was a girl enslaved by Westbury's Rev. John Trumbull, who died in 1787. Trumbull owned several slaves, some of whom may have been Peg's family. Trumbull bequeathed Peg to his daughter Sarah, wife of Hartford's Dr. Caleb Perkins. In his will, Trumbull noted that Peg was already living with the Perkins.

The second Peg was enslaved in the household of Waterbury's Congregational minister, Rev. Mark Leavenworth, along with a woman named Phyllis. The 1790 census shows only one person enslaved by the Leavenworths; it is not known if this was Peg or Phyllis. By the 1800 census, both women were in the Leavenworth household. Peg died June 13, 1806, when she was 54. She was probably buried in the Grand Street Cemetery.

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Rev. John Trumbull's Will
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Rev. John Trumbull's Will, 1787
The fourth page of Trumbull's will. Peg was given to Trumbull's daughter Sarah Perkins. Collection of the Connecticut State Library, State Archives.
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