A Stolen Life : Searching for Richard Pierpoint by David Meyler, Peter Meyler

By David Meyler, Peter Meyler

Richard Pierpoint or Captain Dick, as he was once ordinarily recognized, emerges from the shadows of background in A Stolen lifestyles: trying to find Richard Pierpoint. An African warrior who was once captured at approximately age sixteen, Pierpoint lived his closing years in exile. From his delivery in Bundu (now a part of Senegal) round 1744 until eventually his dying in rural Ontario in 1837, Pierpoint’s lifestyles permits us to glimpse the task of an African inquisitive about many of the world’s nice occasions.

"We are indebted to the authors for respiring lifestyles into this guy, who notwithstanding taken from his domestic early in his lifestyles nonetheless used to be capable of make an important contribution to the early historical past of higher Canada. He fought, farmed and have become a tremendous to the Black group. We thanks for an excellent tale of this usually forgotten section of Canadian history."

— Wilma Morrison, Norval Johnson background Library, Niagara Falls

"Everybody understands in regards to the Underground Railroad and the good many Black souls who emigrated to Canada through this path, yet only a few humans understand the courageous Black women and men who positioned their lives at the line in defence of this country."

— Ivor Christopher, Re-enactor, Runchey’s corporation of colored Men

"A well-researched and hugely readable chronicle of Richard Pierpoint’s lifestyles in Africa and North the USA — as a slave, a soldier, and as a pioneer in top Canada’s wasteland. … a very important contribution to Canadian Black history."

— Linda Brown-Kubisch, writer, Missouri

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Everyone, from farmers in the back country to ship builders in the port cities, was adversely affected. Pierpoint's master would have been hurt economically by the loss of this military commerce as well. With this loss and no longer a need for a personal servant for military duty, it may have been shortly after the end of the war that Richard was sold again. Where he lived at this time is unknown, but it would have been in the northern colonies. Even though there were only a few slaves in most homes, they managed to keep some of their African customs and beliefs, a practice that would have given some relief to Pierpoint's culture shock.

Any of these suppositions are possible. The jailer, in this case a John Morrison, again states that both men will be "sold out as the law directs"12 if no one came forth to claim them after six weeks. That could mean months or years of servitude to pay the costs of their advertising and maintenance while in jail.

11 The position held by German was probably similar to Pierpoint's original position of service to the British officer. Pierpoint also may have dressed in the style of this description. Revolts by groups of Africans in the northern colonies, often with Natives as allies, were not uncommon. These acts led to new laws that tried to further control African freedom. Connecticut had a law, even though it seems to have been rarely enforced, that made it illegal for free Africans to own property. New York enacted similar restrictive legislation, as a result of violence in 1712, prohibiting free Africans from owning property, land or houses.

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