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Christmas 1825: Thornton is kidnapped from the plantation and sold south to New Orleans

100 Dollars Reward.
I will give one hundred dollars reward for the apprehension, and delivery to me, of my fellow Thornton, or fifty dollars for such information as will ensure my getting him again. Agreeably to the result of a trial had at the October term of the Supreme Court for King George County, Virginia, in 1826, my fellow was taken by a certain James Jones, of said county, carried to Fredericksburg, delivered to a resident of that town by the name of Lemuel Thomson, woh carried him on immediately to the city of Richmond, Virginia, and sold him to a gentleman of that city, by the name of Fulcher, some time in the week previous to Christmas, 1825. Fulcher, I am informed, trades in negroes; generally shipping them to the city of New Orleans.

Thornton is a stout built black fellow, about twenty-one or two years of age, rather above the ordinary height, and was sold under the name of Henry. Persons wishing to communicate, will direct to Millville, King George County, Va.

Francis Fitzhugh.
Jan 9, 1827.
N.B. From information to be relied on, obtained last Summer, the above fellow was sold in Natchez, in March, 1826, by a man named Fultcher, who trades in negroes, and who lives either in the county of Campbell, or Amherst, Virginia, and not far from the town of New London.

Source: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), Friday, 4 July 1828.

Notes: The kidnapping of slaves from Maryland and Virginia plantations, as well as the kidnapping of Blacks from free states, was a major problem in after Congress outlawed the importation of slaves in 1808. Kidnapped slaves were sold to buyers in the deep South for work on huge cotton and sugar plantations. Read more about this practice here.
Advertisements and newspaper notices from Richmond in the 1820s identify a businessman named "William Fulcher" who sold slaves regionally and into North Carolina. Fulcher also sold real estate parcels. This may or may not be the person identified in the ad above.

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