c. 1745 – 1822, 76 years
Enslaved at birth in c.1745 in neighboring Chelmsford, Caesar Robbins served in the French and Indian War at age 16; his owner received his payment. On April 19th, 1775, the first day of the Revolutionary War, he likely served at the North Bridge in Captain Joseph Robbins’ Acton company. By 1776, he was with the forces that fortified Dorchester Heights, and marched to Fort Ticonderoga as part of Captain Zachariah Fitch’s company. He was probably emancipated before or at the time of his enlistment. He settled in Concord, married twice and had six children. Two of his grown children, Susan and Peter, became the first residents of this newly built house on the Robbins farm.