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May 16, 1798: Glasgow Lee and a neighboring female slave escape from Somerset County

Esme Bayly of Somerset County, Maryland advertises for the return of escaped slave Glasgow Lee.

Forty Dollars Reward.

RAN AWAY, on the 7th of April, a Negro Man, named Glasgow, perhaps he may pass by the name of Glasgow Lee, or may change his name; he is about thirty one years of age, nearly six feet high, has a scar in the upper part of his under lip, a small part being bitten out between the middle and corner of his mouth (I believe on the right side), his left hand has been very sore, and was so at the time he ran away, by being burnt some time past; he is a stout, strong fellow, and has been employed at a saw mill a few years; he went away in company with a negro woman of Mr. Joshua Lingoe, of this county. It is supposed they are gone into Delaware State. Any person that secures said Negro Man in any gaol, that the subscriber shall get him again, shall receive the above reward. ESME BAYLY.
State of Maryland,
Somerset County, april 10.

Notes: Esme Bayly (1740-1801) was at one time sheriff of Worcester County, Maryland, and during the Revolution served as major of the Salisbury Battalion of the Somerset Militia. In his will, probated 08 December 1801, he bequeaths to his son Henry Bayley (born 1778) enslaved persons Robert, Hetty and Hetty's son David. To his son Thomas Bayley, the enslaved person Jesse, and to his daughter Margaret "Peggy" Bayley, (born 1780, married Thomas Lockerman), the enslaved persons Edmond, Joshua, Elijah, Spencer, Amy and Tamer. (Wills from Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester & Wicomico Counties of Maryland, 1783-1919, 12/08/1801, Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University.)

Sources: Gazette of the United States (Philadelphia), 16 May 1798, page 3; "Esme Bayly (1740-1801)." Wikitree,; Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Salisbury University, "Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History," Will of Esme Bayly, Wills from Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester & Wicomico Counties of Maryland, 1783-1919,

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