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<p>Then Leominster resident Nahum Hazard was kidnapped by men posing as cattle herders when he was 12 years old and sold into slavery in the South. Hazard was freed when other residents of his hometown went to the Massachusetts Legislature to help free him. </p>

Then Leominster resident Nahum Hazard was kidnapped by men posing as cattle herders when he was 12 years old and sold into slavery in the South. Hazard was freed when other residents of his hometown went to the Massachusetts Legislature to help free him.

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Slave trader abduction part of Boston family’s history

Nanci Conklin Lawton of Dorchester hasn’t seen the movie "12 Years a Slave" yet. But the story of enslavement and liberation Solomon Northrup told in his 1853 memoir rings familiar in Conklin Lawton’s family history. In fact, Lawton owes her existence to her great-great grandfather’s own struggle for freedom. Like Northrup, Conklin Lawton’s ancestor, Nahum Hazard, was lured into slavery with the promise of work.