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The Peter B. Porter family represents the tension between slavery and freedom embodied in personal family relationships. Both Peter B. Porter and his son Peter A. Porter married women from slaveholding families. In 1821, while he was still living at Black Rock (now part of the City of Buffalo) Peter B. Porter tried to recapture a woman who had escaped from his household; in 1837, he assisted his brother-in-law, David Castleman, in Castleman’s attempt to recapture Solomon Moseby. The Porter children (Elizabeth and Peter A. Porter), however, had antislavery sympathies and most likely helped on the Underground Railroad.
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