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April 1821: Beall Nelson Runs from Montgomery County, Maryland

$40 Reward.
Ran away from the subscriber, living in Montgomery county, Maryland, on the 22d day of April last, a negro man named Beall, calls himself Beall Nelson. He had on when he went off, a wool hat, black cloth coat with a velvet cape, a dimity jacket, corduroy pantaloons, osnaburg shirt, & a pair of half boots.

He is about 5 feet 11 inches high, a little inclined to be knock-kneed, has a large scar on his forehead, quite black, and is about 23 years of age. I will pay for securing him in jail, so that I get him again, 20 dollars if 20 miles from home--for a greater distance in proportion--and if out of the state, 40 dollars & all reasonable charges if brought home.

Frederick Gaither.
May 25.

Source: Lancaster Journal, 1 June 1821.

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

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