RUNAWAY SLAVE ADS AND AUCTIONS POSTED BY OUR FAMILY IN VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS IN THE 18TH & 19TH CENTURY

            

Advertisement of A Cargo of Slaves from the Slave Ship "Lord Ligonier" in 1767 which docked in Annapolis, Maryland, Cargo owned by John Ridout, of which Kunte Kinte of Alex Haley's Roots was aboard and was auctioned by John Ridout.

  Runaway Slave "Bristol" Ran from John Tayloe's Hopyard

  Runaway Servant (a Convict) from John Tayloe's Neabsco Iron Furnace, Prince William County, Virginia- Aug. 13, 1766- Transcription Below

Advertisement for a Cargo of Slaves Just Imported - Benjamin Tasker Jr. & Christopher Lowndes. Photo from my personal collection.

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Virginia Gazette
Williamsburg ,
August 29, 1766.

   VIRGINIA, August 13, 1766. RUN away from the Neabsco furnace, on or about the 25th of July last, a convict servant named Arundale Carnes, the property of the Hon. John Tayloe, Esq; and was imported into this country last April in the Tryall, from London. He is a lad about 17 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, very slim made, smooth faced, wears his own brown hair tyed behind, and very short on the forehead, has gray eyes, and very large dark eyebrows; had on or with him when he went away a new blue fearnought pea jacket, an osnabrug and striped cotton shirt, osnabrug sailors trousers, a large half worn castor hat, a pair of country made shoes, large yellow buckles, and if dressed would make a genteel enough appearance. Though he pretends to be somewhat of a doctor, besides knowing how to wait on a Gentleman, yet it is more than presumable he will endeavor to pass as a sailor, and get on board some ship or vessel, which all masters of such are hereby forewarned, at their peril, from indulging him in. He went from hence in a large canoe, and would probably make for the Maryland shore. Whoever apprehends the said servant, and brings him to the Neabsco furnace, shall receive, if taken in this colony, 40 s., if in any other province 4 pistoles reward, besides what the law allows.
THOMAS LAWSON.

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Virginia Gazette
Williamsburg , April 5, 1776.

   MARCH 29, 1776.
RUN away from my plantation at Sabine Hall, about six weeks ago, and really for nothing at all, a slim black fellow by name PHILL, of a middling height, with a visible bare place in his head, by means of what is called a scalled head when he was a child. I know not what clothes he took with him; but if he has his new waistcoat and breeches, they were of Virginia wool and cotton cloth of kersey weaving. Had he he [sic] been near any vessel, or was he a fellow ever remarkable for enduring labour, I should have thought he was gone to increase the black regiment forming in Norfolk harbour; but really he is too weakly and idle to be desirous of going where he must work for his freedom, as it is called. However, I will give 40 s. to the taker up who shall produce him to me, besides any reasonable charge in bringing him.
LANDON CARTER.

SLAVE DOCUMENT/COURT PROCEEDINGS IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA: REGARDING THE TRIAL OF TREASON OF THE INFAMOUS  SLAVE BILLY ALIAS; WILL, WILLIE, WILLIAM etc. OWNED BY COL. JOHN TAYLOE OF MT. AIRY.

Proceedings of a Court of Oyer and Terminer in Prince William County, 8 May 1781.

Prince William County to wit Cuthbert Bullitt attorney for the Commonwealth for the County aforesaid giveth information to the Court; that Billy alias Will, alias William late of the Parish of Dittengen in the County aforesaid; a Mulatto Slave belonging to John Tayloe Esqr. late of Richmond County in the Commonwealth aforesd. upon the Second day of April in the year of our Lord 1781 at the sd. Parish of Dittengen in the County of Prince William aforesaid with force of Arms &Ca. did feloniously & traitorously Adhere to the Enemies of the Commonwealth and gave them aid & Comfort & upon the Sd. Second day of April at the sd. Parish of Dittengen in the County of Prince William aforesd. did in Company of & Conjunction with diverse Enemies of the Commonwealth in Armed Vessels, feloniously & Traitorously Wage & Levy War against the Commonwealth to the great Danger of Subverting thereof and against the Act of Assembly in Such Case made & Provided, and the Peace of the sd. Commonwealth, & the Dignity thereof. C. Bullitt

At a Court of oyer & terminer called and held at the Court House of Prince William County, the 8th. day of May 1781 for the Trial of Billy, alias Will, Alias William, a Mulatto Slave the Property of John Tayloe Esqr. for Treason Present Henry Lee William Carr Foushee Tebbs Richard Graham William Tebbs William Brent Gentn. Justices The said Slave Billy, Alias Will, alias William, let of the sd. Coty. of Prince William being brought to the Bar of the Court, and Indicted for Treason, in Joining the Enemies of this Commonwealth, upon his Arraignment, Says he is not Guilty, Upon hearing the Several Witnesses, it is the opinion of the Court that he is Guilty, & that he Suffer Death, And be Executed agreeable to the Act, Declaring what Shall be Treason And the Said Sheriff of the Sd. County on the Twenty fifth of this Inst. between the Hours of Eleven & two of the Same day, do Execution thereon at the Common Gallows of the Sd. County, by Causing the Sd. Slave to be hanged by the Neck until Dead, & his head to be Severed from his Body & Stuck up at Some Publick Cross Road on a pole, And the Sd. Court do Say that the Sd. Slave is worth Twenty Seven Thousand Pounds Current Money

 

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