Deliverance: The Story of Dill

By March 24, 2022 April 18th, 2022 News

Now on our YouTube channel
Our monthly Speaker Series welcomes Sheila Cooke-Kayser

Anstiss Symonds

Anstiss Symonds, Dill’s daughter

Ms. Cooke-Kayser continues her research on the remarkable women of the Page House in Danvers Square.

In the 1890s, Anne L. Page wrote an article about a former enslaved person, Dill,  whom she knew personally. Ms. Page’s grandfather, Jeremiah Page purchased Dill in 1766. Page’s article inspired DHS Volunteer Sheila Cooke-Kayser to find out more about Dill. Who was she, what happened to her and why did Anne write about her?  Using clues in Page’s article, Sheila researched primary and secondary sources at, other websites, libraries and even St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Salem, to find out more about Dill’s life, especially after she became free in 1783. Join us to discover what Sheila found in her quest to learn more about Dill.

Speaker Series every 3rd Wednesday each month, 7pm.
Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page Street, Danvers MA.
Danvers Historical Society: 978-777-1666 or E-mail to
Free Admission. Donations appreciated.