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August 1826: Maria Smith captured in Frederick County, Maryland

Was committed to the jail of Frederick county, Maryland, as a runaway, on the 10th inst, Maria Smith, who says she is born free, and from Philadelphia. She had on, when committed, a black bombazett dress, and black bonnet; is five feet four and a half inches high, yellow complexion, with a small scar on the right side of her head, arm, and shoulder, occasioned by a burn. The owner of the above described negro is requested to prove property, and pay charges, or she will be discharged according to law.
June 28
Thomas Carlton, Sheriff.

Source: National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), Thursday, 3 August 1826.

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

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