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September 1832: Page and Solomon escape from Prince William County, Virginia

Two Hundred Dollars Reward.
Ran away from a farm of the subscriber, near his residence at Locust Grove, in Prince William county, Virginia, on Monday, the 10th Sept. my two Negro Men, Page and Solomon. Page is very black, about 5 feet 9 inches high, stout and well made, between 30 and 35 years of age, and speaks in a tone rather low when spoken to. Solomon is not quite so dark in color, about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, between 20 and 25 years of age, stout and well made, somewhat round-shouldered, and is apt to smile when spoken to. Their clothing is such as is usually worn by slaves on a farm; if they took with them any other, they are not known so as to be described.

I will give $50 for them if taken in Virginia, or in the District of Columbia, and confined in any jail so that I recover them; or $25 for either of them so taken and secured; $100 for both if taken beyond the limits above described, or $50 for either of them so taken and secured, unless they are taken in Ohio or Pennsylvania, in which case I will give $200 for both, or $100 for either, secured in jail so that I recover them. If they are bro't home to me, all reasonable charges will also be paid.

John Hooe, Jr.
Oct 4. (Globe)

Source: National Intelligence (Washington DC), Saturday, 6 October 1832.
Ad originally ran in the Globe (Washington DC).

Editors' notes: The Hooe Family residence, Locust Grove, consisting of 1700 acres, was sold in October 1843. (Prince William County Deedbook, 17 October 1843, Hansford to Hooe Jr. Deed of Release, Deed Book 18, p. 83) The family slaves were sold at public auction on 2 November 1846. At the time, the adult slaves consisted of Reuben, Nancy, Lucinda, Thornton, Paris, Mary Ann, Bill, Sally, Laurinda, Betsy, Horace, Davey, and Richard. (Alexandria Gazette, 5 September 1846)

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