Marriage to a Soham woman is among slave’s records (Olaudah Equiano) in Cambridgehire Archives

Accounts of the life of Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, show the “astonishing journey he had made, and how successful and wealthy he had become by the time of his death,” say archive holders.

Some of the most important records relate to his best-selling autobiography, ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African’, first published in 1789.

A spokesman said: “In it he recounts his experiences, from his childhood and enslavement to buying his own freedom, and the challenges he still faced as a free man.

“His writing provides us with critical context when looking at the records associated with his life.”

Cambridgeshire Archives holds Mr Equiano’s will, in which he says of his property, ‘I have dearly earned by the sweat of my brow in some of the most remote and adverse corners of the whole world’.

The archives also hold the parish register that contains the entry of his marriage to Susannah Cullen in Soham.

The marriage entry in the register of St. Andrew’s Church, Soham, in 1792, describes Olaudah Equiano as ‘an African’.

http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/marriage_to_a_soham_woman_is_among_slave_s_records_in_cambridgehire_archives_1_4723704

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s