Eighteenth-Century White Slaves: Fugitive Notices - Vol. 1

Eighteenth-Century White Slaves: Fugitive Notices - Vol. 1

Eighteenth-Century White Slaves: Fugitive Notices - Vol. 1

Eighteenth-Century White Slaves: Fugitive Notices - Vol. 1

Synopsis

While historians of Southern slavery have increasingly come to have access to slave sources, there has been a dearth of easily accessible documents on indentured white servants of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This volume of advertisements for runaway indentured servants helps to address that need. The first of four volumes providing a full collection of these advertisements, this volume covers Pennsylvania from 1729 to 1760, while the following volumes will cover Pennsylvania from 1761 to 1820, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts. This collection will provide a valuable source of information about unfree white classes in early America, saving hours of research time. Two appendices, one listing planters by name and one listing runaways by name, provide access to the people mentioned in the advertisements. Appendix tables also provide useful statistics about the runaways.

Excerpt

1/13/29:

Runaway the 24th Day of February last from Samuel Wright, and Richard Kirby, both of New Hanover, in the County of Burlington, two Servant Men named Darby Broderick and Edward Green, Irishmen, of a middle stature, the one hath a homespun Kersey-Coat, of a yellow Colour, a Vest of Mouse Colour and white, a Pair of Leather Breeches of Indian Dress, and yellowish Stockings; the other hath a brown coloured Vest, Leather Breeches, a Pair of white Stockings, and an old Felt-Hat. Whosoever takes up the said Servants, and secures them, so that their Masters shall have them again; shall have three Pounds Reward, and reasonable Charges paid by Samuel Wright, Richard Kirby.

1/13/29:

Runaway from Christopher Smith Merchant, a Servant Maid, named Mary Wilson, a Londoner, she is a Mantua-maker by Trade. She has on a brown Gown fac'd with Black, a red Petticoat, of pale Complexion, high Forehead; Whoever brings the said Servant to Samuel Ferguson, in Walnut-Street, shall have Twenty Shillings reward paid by the said Samuel Ferguson.

1/13/29:

Run away the 19th of this Instant, from the Ship Mary, Robert Deglish Commander, an Apprentice to the said Vessel, named Patrick Lamenon, an Irish man, a Cooper by Trade, aged about thirty Years, he's a thin Fac'd Fellow, of a middle Stature, with long lank brown Hair, a light colour'd Jacket with Canvass Patches on the Shoulders, Canvass-Trowsers, a large Hat, light grey Stockings. Whoever takes up the Servant, and brings him to Robert Deglish, or John Morrison at Henry Dexter's in Philadelphia, shall have Twenty Shillings reward, and Reasonable Charges paid by John Morrison.

3/1/29:

Runaway from John Bentley of Burmingham, and Richard Clayton of Concord, both of the same Country, two Servant-Men, the one named John Gray, an Englishman, of a short Stature, dark Complexion, short curl'd Hair, a Mole upon his right Cheek: He had on when he went away, a good Felt Hat, a blue Jacket with a Cinnamoncolour'd Jacket under it, grey Stockings, good Shoes. the other named Richard Middleton, an Englishman, of a short Stature, pale Complexion, strait Hair, a good . . .

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