This database is based wholly upon Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865 (2nd Edition) by Joseph Carvalho III, which was published by NEHGS in 2011.
From the introduction: "Hampden County, Massachusetts, was a significant center of African American life between the years 1650 and 1865. Its location at the “crossroads of New England,” close over the border from Connecticut to the south and across the wide Hudson River and a mountain range away from slavery in New York to the west, made Hampden County a haven for escaped slaves. The establishment in Springfield of the U.S. Armory in 1794 placed the town at the very epicenter of America’s Industrial Revolution. The main body of the work consists of genealogical and biographical information in alphabetical order by surname. There is a separate alphabetical list of individuals only known by their slave names."
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