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Ocober 15, 1791: Virginia advertisement for runaway Abraham, who left nearly two years before, believed went north.

1791 Virginia advertisement for fugitive slave Abraham, who has been gone two years.

Thirty Dollars Reward.

RUN AWAY, soem time in August 1789, a yellow NEGRO MAN, named ABRAHAM, late the property of Nathaniel Wickliff, deceased -- about forty-five years of age, about five feet eight or nine inches high, pretty well set, with a large woolly head and large beard, walks with his knees bent, often complains of pains in his feet and ancles -- by trade a bricklayer, stone mason and plasterer. He is a very handy fellow as a house-waiter, and is fond of such business. He is a great dissembler, and no doubt pretends he is a freeman. He has been eloped so long that no description of his present clothing can be given. It is supposed that he went to the Northern States, as he often mentioned having friends there. --

Twenty Dollars reward will be given to any person that will secure said Negro in any jail, so that the subscriber may get him again; and reasonable charges will be paid -- or Thirty Dollars will be given if he is brought to Prince William County, Virginia, to Mr. JOHN KINCHELOR, by
CHARLES WICKLIFF, Administrator.
October 12, 1791.


Sources: Gazette of the United States (New York), 15 October 1791, page 4;

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