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September 1856: William Perry Escapes from Loudon County Virginia, But is Captured

Was committed to the Jail of Washington County, on the 17th inst., a negro man calling himself William Perry. Is about 22 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, of copper color, no scars perceptible, says he belongs to Rodney S. Braden, from Loudon County, Virginia. The owner of the above negro is requested to come forward, prove property and pay all charges, otherwise he will be discharged according to law.

B. A. Garlinger.
Sep 27.

Source: Easton Gazette (Easton, MD), Saturday, 27 September 1856.


Editor's Notes: The owner identified by the captured William Perry is probably Rodney Caesar Braden (1811-1864) of Loudon County, Virginia, a farmer. From the 1860 Census of Loudon County, Slave Schedules, we find that Rodney Braden owned 11 slaves aged 43, 40, 28, 27, 26, 22, 16, 15, 5, 3, and 2 years old.

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