By Emilie Ruecker
Richard Pierpoint was born some time in 1744 in Bundul, Senegal
-petition to colonial goverment
-asked for 1 way ticket back home to Bondu
- wanted to die in home country, was getting weaker from old age and illness
-no choice left, he settled in todays Fergus.
-became owner in 1822, though he was given the land in 1815
-100 acres of land -isolated cabin surrounded by forest
Richard is captured by Americans in 1960 (when he was 16 years old), and brought to america. He is then sold as a slave to a brittish officer named Richard Pierpoint
Many African Americans were offered freedom from slavery if they fought on the brittish side in the American revolution. If they survived, the african americans were promised to be evacuated to Upper Canada for freedom. They would never become slaves again
-The coloured corps gorup, including Richard pierpoint, was uograded from infantry to artificers
- the artificers were an elite branch of the Royal engineers
The coloured corps disbanded after having fought in battles such as the battle of Queenston heights, the siege of Fort George and the battle of Lundy's Lane.