Peg’s certificate notes that she was between the ages of 25 and 45. She was born sometime between 1747 and 1767, making her too old to qualify for freedom under the Gradual Emancipation law, but young enough to qualify for freedom granted by her legal owner. Nearly two months after Peg’s certificate was written, she was granted her freedom by Joseph Wakeman Gold:
I the Subscriber, being the Owner of a certain Negro Woman, who is a Slave more than twenty-five Years of Age, and under forty-five, and in good Health, as by Certificate of two Justices of the Peace for the County of Litchfield may appear, and being willing and disposed to Emancipate and set said Slave (whose name is Peg) free.
These are therefore to Certify, That I do this Day Emancipate and Set free the said Peg, and relinquish all Claim, Right or Demand to the Person or Service of said Peg from this Day forward, for my Self, my Heirs, Executors or Administrators. In Witness whereof, I have hereunto Set my Hand, this 22nd Day of November, Anno Domini 1792.
Joseph W. Gold
In Presence of
The foregoing Certificate was received Nov. 1st and 27th and recorded by Judah Kellogg Town Clerk
Gold continued to be a slave owner for the rest of his life. He left Cornwall in 1796, moving to the town of Pompey, NY, where he continued to keep at least one person, a man named Prince, enslaved in his household.
On November 29, 1792, one week after being granted her freedom, Peg married a Litchfield man named Cesar. The church record of their marriage noted that Peg was “a negro woman, freed by the Rev. Mr. Gold’s heirs,” while her new husband was “a free negro man.” Cesar was listed in the 1790 Census with no last name; in the 1800 Census, his last name was Barber.