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September 19, 1797: Forty-year-old Will Bowzer, who escaped in July, is headed for Jones' Neck, Delaware

Jesse Reed in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, advertises to recover escaped slave Will Bowzer, July 1797.

Forty Dollars Reward.

RAN away from the subscriber on the second day of this inst. July, a Mulatto Man, named Will Bowzer, about forty years of age, five feet seven or eight inches high, rather chunky made; had on when he went away, a drab colored coat, striped purple trowsers and jacket. It is probable he will change his cloathes, as he took a number with him. The said fellow formerly belonged to Mr. Charles Blake of this place; and it is expected he has made towards Jones's Neck, in the Delaware State. -- Any person apprehending the said fellow, and securing him so that I can get him again, shall receive the above reward if taken out of the county, and Twenty Dollars if in the county, and all reasonable charges if bro't home. JESSE REED,
Queen Ann's County, Maryland.
July 3.

Notes: "Jones's Neck" in the advertisement refers to modern day St. Jones Neck, near Dover in Kent County, Delaware.

Sources: Gazette of the United States (Philadelphia), 19 September 1797, page 4.

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