1822 Slave Ad: “Ranaway…Negro woman Harriet, who has a white male child…”

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This October 8, 1822 edition of the General Advertiser (Easton, MD) has a total of 15 slave-related advertisements including one that says, “RANAWAY or was kinappped…a negro woman named HARRIET, who has a white male child, about one year old…Her child is named William Alford Henry, but generally called Alford. She has generally been used to house work, such as plain cooking, &c. and is much addicted to snuff rubbing…”

Among the remaining 14 slave ads is a runaway ad that says, “WAS committed to the jail of this county as a runaway, on the 12th of August, instant, a negro man who calls himself SAMUEL SMITH, and says he is a free man…Said negro is in possession of a pass purporting to have been executed by J.H. Conway, clerk of Stafford county court, Va…”

 

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And…

“…a negro man who calls himself JOSEPH HARRISON, says he is a free man, and formerly the property of Robert Harrison, of Rockingham county, Va…”

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And…

“WAS committed to the jail…JOHN THOMAS…says that he is free; that he is a native of Baltimore, where he has a wife and family; that he is acquainted with some of the Ellicotts and Tysons, in whose employ he formerly worked…”

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“WAS committed to the jail…WILLIAM WRIGHT, about 16 years of age…he says he was born free, that he is a native of New York, where he has resided from his birth..”

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“WAS committed…to the jail…as a runaway, a negro man, one shade lighter than jet black, who calls himself SAMUEL; said he belonged to George Ireland of Calvert County, and afterwards said he belonged to a Mr. Or Mrs. Lollers, of said county, and was hired to George Ireland and sold to a foreign negro buyer…”

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Remaining Slave Advertisements…

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