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Clarence Maxwell

was born into slavery near the end of 1798 at Bridgetown Barbados Edward Fraser s mother was also enslaved and his white father was a member of the Fraser family who owned them When young Edward was about 2 years old one of the Frasers Mary married a Bermudian sloop merchant named Francis Lightbourn then resident in Bridgetown Her parents offered the child as a wedding gift to the couple to serve them eventually as a household slave and as a companion to their son and in fact his cousin Joseph Fraser Lightbourn Francis Lightbourn lived and worked with his brother Paul between Bermuda and Barbados part of Bermuda s extensive carrying trade that dominated their native island s economy for much of the eighteenth century The Lightbourns and other Bermudians carried goods chiefly between North America and the West Indies in their prized Bermuda sloops and for this ...