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July 1815: John Fagan is Captured in Frederick County, Maryland

Was committed to the jail of Frederick County, Maryland, on the 18th July last, as a runaway, a negro man who calls himself John Fagan, supposed to be about 27 years of age, five feet five inches high. His clothing when committed, wore a brown cloth Coat, York stripe vest, Red crosbar'd pantaloons, muslin shirt, and a pair of fine shoes, has the Tissick, has no perceivable marks, says he belongs to Henry Crise, living about 3 miles from Woodsbury, Frederick County, Maryland.

The owner is hereby requested to come and release him, otherwise he will be sold for his imprisonment fees, as the law directs.

Joseph M. Cromwell, Sheriff
Frederick County, Maryland.
August 3, 1815.

Source: Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser, 17 August 1815.

Editor's Notes: John Fagan is noted as suffering from "the Tissick." This archaic medical term, also known as phthisis, refers to a persistant cough or bronchitis, and commonly indicated a misdiagnosed case of consumption (tuberculosis). It was often fatal, particularly among impoverished populations.

Henry Crise lived near modenr day Woodsboro, Frederick County, MD.

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