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Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


July 1799: Tom, alias James Parker, escapes from Delaware to Philadelphia

Fifty Dollars Reward,
Ran Away,
On the 7th July last, from the subscriber living near Cantwell's bridge, in Appoquinimink Hundred, county of New Castle, and state of Delaware, a Negro man named Tom, full 6 feet high, a very straight made fellow; he is middling spare and large boned; he is mannerly; he is aobut 26 years of age.

He took with him a light-coloured broad cloth coat that has been turned, a fine shirt two coarse ones, two pair of tow trowsers and sundry other cloathing. I understand he has changed his name to James Parker, and has a pass he obtained from a fellow of that name. The apprehender of him, in that the owner may get him shall have the above reward and with reasonable charges paid by

Jeremiah Beeston

N.B. He is now supposed to be in Philadelphia, has changed his cloathing and dresses very gay.

Source: Aurora General Advertiser (Philadelphia), Monday, 27 January 1800.

Covering the history of African Americans in central Pennsylvania from the colonial era through the Civil War.

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