Run Away Slaves ~ 1821
Contributed by Sloan Mason
December 15 1821
RAN -AWAY from the subscriber's plantation, on the night of the
28th instant, my Dark man JACK, who took with him his wife ANICA,
LONDON, and his wife KESIAH, boy FLORESCO, and man ELIAS-- six in
JACK is a stout, well made fellow about 5 feet 11 inches high, and
very black -- his shoulders a little round, walks with his knees rather
close, and has a scar on the top of his feet. ANICA, his wife, is a
small black woman, neat in appearance, and has a mild voice. LONDON has
a yellow complexion, is about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, and halts a
little in his walk-- His wife KESIAH, is a stout, fine looking woman,
very black--has a Wen on the back, and a small scar under one of her
eyes. FLORESCO, is the son of KESIAH, and is a fine looking boy, about
18 years of age, tall and slim, a long foot, and very black. Man ELIAS,
is about 5 feet 8 inches high, black complexion ; he sometimes speaks
rather thick ; is stout made and has a wen under one of his ears, the
size of a walnut.
Their Winter Clothes which they took with them, are of White Plains.
I will give a Reward of One Hundred Dollars for JACK--Fifty Dollars
for ANICA, and Twenty-five Dollars each for LONDON, KESIAH, FLORESCO
These Negroes, no doubt, will visit Newbern, and it is likely will
range about Trent, White, Oak, New River, and up Neuse, as far as
General SIMPSON'S, as they have connexions at each of these places.
ANICA and ELIAS have fathers in Newbern, and the father of JACK and
KESIAH, are at Col. EDMUND HATCH'S, in Jones county.
They have been leaders on my plantation, and I think it probable they
will resolute in their endeavors to avoid being taken.--
If, therefore, either of said slaves should be killed in an attempt
to confine them, I will not hold the person using such violence, liable
for any penalty. And, if said negroes are not taken, or do not return
home, they will, in a few days, be legally outlawed.
Masters of vessels and others, are forbid harbouring or carrying away
said slaves, under penalty of the law.
Jones county, Nov. 30, 1821
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