Dr. Primus Manumit, Windsor’s First Black Doctor

2021-05-07T17:14:07-04:00May 7th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

The service of a doctor requires skill, understanding, patience, and knowledge. To become one after being torn from your family and forced into servitude for a man you know nothing of makes the already arduous feat exceptional. In the late 18th century, after years of enslavement Dr. Primus Manumit became Windsor’s first Black doctor.

The Howard Family in Quarantine

2020-04-03T17:07:51-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Both families who lived in the Society’s two historic houses were involved in a quarantine situation in the late 1700s. Dr. Chaffee ordered the Howard family to be quarantined after Capt. Howard contracted smallpox and spread it to his three sons. The care for all of them fell on the shoulders of Mrs. Ann Howard.

Founders’ Series: Bray Rossiter, Man of Science, Man of Mischief

2021-03-31T12:23:42-04:00August 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Bray Rossiter (1610-1672) was born to a family of wealth and power. They were Puritans, but were also loyal to the royal family. Bray was well-educated and likely received some medical training before coming to New England aboard the Mary and John in 1630, along with his father Edward, an influential Assistant of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and eleven other family members and servants.

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