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Runaway Slave Newspaper Advertisements

Original Source:
"American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses"
Theodore D. Weld
224 p., ill.

Pages 77 - 84 of this book are quoted below.
The whole book is available online at the "Documenting the American South" website, at

These are actual advertisments for runaway slaves posted by their owners in the newspapers of the times. These particular notices were chosen by the original author of the book to highlight owners' cruelty to their slaves.
As a warning, these are pretty graphic and if you don't have a strong stomach, don't continue reading.

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Mr. Micajah Ricks, Nash County, North Carolina, in the Raleigh "Standard," July 18, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro woman and two children; a few days before she went off, I burnt her with a hot iron, on the left side of her face, I tried to make the letter M."

Mr. Asa B. Metcalf, Kingston, Adams Co. Mi. in the "Natchez Courier," June 15, 1832. "Ranaway Mary, a black woman, has a scar on her back and right arm near the shoulder, caused by a rifle ball."

Mr. William Overstreet, Benton, Yazoo Co. Mi. in the "Lexington (Kentucky) Observer," July 22, 1838. "Ranaway a negro man named Henry, his left eye out, some scars from a dirk on and under his left arm, and much scarred with the whip."

Mr. R. P. Carney, Clark Go. Ala., in the Mobile Register, Dec. 22, 1832. One hundred dollars reward for a negro fellow Pompey, 40 years old, he is branded on the left jaw.

Mr. J. Guyler, Savannah Georgia, in the "Republican," April 12, 1837. "Ranaway Laman, an old negro man, grey, has only one eye."

J. A. Brown, jailor, Charleston, South Carolina, in the "Mercury," Jan. 12, 1837. "Committed to jail a negro man, has no toes on his left foot."

Mr. J Scrivener, Herring Bay, Anne Arundel Co. Maryland, in the Annapolis Republican, April 18, 1837. "Ranaway negro man Elijah, has a scar on his left cheek, apparently occasioned by a shot."

Madame Burvant, corner of Chartres and Toulouse streets, New Orleans, in the "Bee," Dec. 21, 1838. "Ranaway a negro woman named Rachel, has lost all her toes except the large one."

Mr. O. W. Lains, in the "Helena, (Ark.) Journal," June 1, 1833. "Ranaway Sam, he was shot a short time since, through the hand, and has several shots in his left arm and side."

Mr. R. W. Sizer, in the "Grand Gulf, [Mi.] Advertiser," July 8, 1837. "Ranaway my negro man Dennis, said negro has been shot in the left arm between the shoulders and elbow, which has paralyzed the left hand."

Mr. Nicholas Edmunds, in the "Petersburgh [Va.] Intelligncer," May 22, 1838. "Ranaway my negro man named Simon, he has been shot badly in his back and right arm."

Mr. J. Bishop, Bishopville, Sumpter District, South Carolina, in the "Camden [S. C.] Journal," March 4, 1837. "Ranaway a negro named Arthur, has a considerable scar across his breast and each arm, made by a knife; loves to talk much of the goodness of God."

Mr. S. Neyle, Little Ogeechee, Georgia, in the "Savannah Republican," July 3, 1837. "Ranaway George, he has a sword cut lately received on his left arm."

Mrs. Sarah Walsh, Mobile, Ala. in the "Georgia Journal," March 27, 1837, "Twenty five dollars reward for my man Isaac, he has a scar on his forehead caused by a blow, and one on his back made by a shot from a pistol."

Mr. J. P. Ashford, Adams Co. Mi. in the "Natchez Courier," August 24, 1838. "Ranaway a negro girl called Mary, has a small scar over her eye, a good many teeth missing, the letter A. is branded on her cheek and forehead."

Mr. Ely Townsend, Pike Co. Ala., in the "Pensacola Gazette," Sep. 16, 1837. "Ranaway negro Ben, has a scar on his right hand, his thumb and fore finger being injured by being shot last fall, a part of the bone came out, he has also one or two large scars on his back and hips."

S. B. Murphy, jailer, Irvington, Ga. in the "Milledgeville Journal," May 29, 1838. "Committed a negro man, is very badly shot in the right side and right hand."

Mr. A. Luminais, Parish of St. John, Louisiana, in the New Orleans "Bee," March 3, 1838. "Detained at the jail, a mulatto named Tom, has a scar on the right cheek and appears to have been burned with powder on the face."

Mr. Isaac Johnson, Pulaski Co. Georgia, in the "Milledgeville Journal," June 19, 1838. "Ranaway a negro man named Ned, three of his fingers are drawn into the palm of his hand by a cut, has a scar on the back of his neck nearly half round, done by a knife."

Mr. Thomas Hudnall, Madison Co. Mi. in the "Vicksburg Register," September 5, 1838. "Ranaway a negro named Hambleton, limps on his left foot where he was shot a few weeks ago, while runaway."

Mr. John McMurrain, Columbus, Ga. in the "Southern Sun," August 7, 1838. "Ranaway a negro boy named Mose, he has a wound in the right shoulder near the back bone, which was occasioned by a rifle shot."

Mr. Moses Orme, Annapolis, Maryland, in the "Annapolis Republican," June 20, 1837. "Ranaway my negro man Bill, he has a fresh wound in his head above his ear."

William Strickland, Jailor, Kershaw District, S. C. in the "Camden [S. C.] Courier," July 8, 1837. "Committed to jail a negro, says his name is Cuffee, he is lame in one knee, occasioned by a shot."

The Editor of the "Grand Gulf Advertiser," Dec. 7, 1838. "Ranaway Joshua, his thumb is off of his left hand."

Mr. William Bateman, in the "Grand Gulf Advertiser," Dec. 7, 1838. "Ranaway William, scar over his left eye, one between his eye brows, one on his breast, and his right leg has been broken."

Mr. B. G. Simmons, in the "Southern Argus," May 30, 1837. "Ranaway Mark, his left arm has been broken.

Mr. James Artop, in the "Macon [Ga.] Messenger, May 25, 1837. "Ranaway, Caleb, 50 years old, has an awkward gait occasioned by his being shot in the thigh."

J. L. Jolley, Sheriff of Clinton, Co. Mi., in the "Clinton Gazette," July 23, 1836. "Was committed to jail a negro man, says his name is Josiah, his back very much scarred by the whip, and branded on the thigh and hips, in three or four places, thus (J. M.) the rim of his right ear has been bit or cut off."

Mr. Thomas Ledwith, Jacksonville East Florida, in the "Charleston [S. C.] Courier, Sept. 1, 1838. "Fifty dollars reward, for my fellow Edward, he has a scar on the corner of his mouth, two cuts on and under his arm, and the letter E on his arm."

Mr. Joseph James, Sen., Pleasant Ridge, Paulding Co. Ga., in the "Milledgeville Union," Nov. 7, 1837. "Ranaway, negro boy Ellic, has a scar on one of his arms from the bite of a dog.'

Mr. W. Riley, Orangeburg District, South Carolina, in the "Columbia [S.C.] Telescope," Nov. 11, 1837. "Ranaway a negro man, has a scar on the ankle produced by a burn, and a mark on his arm resembling the letter S."

Mr. Samuel Mason, Warren Co, Mi., in the "Vicksburg Register," July 18, 1838. 'Ranaway, a negro man named Allen, he has a scar on his breast, also a scar under the left eye, and has two buck shot in his right arm."

Mr. F. L. C. Edwards, in the "Southern Telegraph," Sept. 25, 1837 "Ranaway from the plantation of James Surgette, the following negroes, Randal, has one ear cropped; Bob, has lost one eye, Kentucky Tom, has one jaw broken."

Mr. Stephen M. Jackson, in the "Vicksburg Register," March 10, 1837. "Ranaway, Anthony, one of his ears cut off, and his left hand cut with an axe."

Philip Honerton, deputy sheriff of Halifax Co. Virginia, Jan. 1837. "Was committed, a negro man, has a scar on his right side by a burn, one on his knee, and one on the calf of his leg by the bite of a dog."

Stearns & Co. No. 28, New Levee, New Orleans, in the "Bee," March 22, 1837. "Absconded, the mulatto boy Tom, his fingers scarred on his right hand, and has a scar on his right cheek."

Mr. John W. Walton, Greensboro, Ala. in the "Alabama Beacon," Dec. 13, 1838. "Ranaway my black boy Frazier, with a scar below and one above his right ear."

Mr. R. Furman, Charleston, S. C. in the "Charleston Mercury," Jan. 12, 1839. "Ranaway, Dick, about 19, has lost the small toe of one foot."

Mr. John Tart, Sen. in the "Fayetteville [N. C.] Observer," Dec. 26, 1838. "Stolen a mulatto boy, ten years old, he has a scar over his eye which was made by an axe."

Mr. Richard Overstreet, Brook Neal, Campbell Co. Virginia, in the "Danville [Va.] Reporter," Dec, 21, 1838. "Absconded my negro man Coleman, has a very large scar on one of his legs, also one on each arm, by a burn, and his heels have been frosted."

The editor of the New Orleans "Bee," in that paper, August 27, 1837. "Fifty dollars reward, for the negro Jim Blake--has a piece cut out of each ear, and the middle finger of the left hand cut off to the second joint."

Mr. Bryant Johnson, Fort Valley, Houston county, Georgia, in the Milledgeville "Union," Oct. 2, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro woman named Maria--has a scar on one side of her cheek, by a cut--some scars on her back."

Mr. Lemuel Miles, Steen's Creek, Rankin county, Mi. in the "Southern Sun," Sept. 22, 1838. "Ranaway, Gabriel--has two or three scars across his neck made with a knife."

Mr. Bezou, New Orleans, in the "Bee," May 23, 1838. "Ranaway, the mulatto wench Mary--has a cut on the left arm, a scar on the shoulder, and two upper teeth missing."

Mr. James Kimborough, Memphis, Tenn. in the "Memphis Enquirer," July 13, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro boy, named Jerry--has a scar on his right cheek two inches long, from the cut of a knife."

Mr. Robert Beasley, Macon, Georgia, in the "Georgia Messenger," July 27, 1837 "Ranaway, my man Fountain--has holes in his ears, a scar on the right side of his forehead--has been shot in the hind parts of his legs--is marked on the back with the whip."

Mr. B. G. Barrer, St. Louis, Missouri, in the "Republican," Sept. 6, 1837. "Ranaway, a negro man named Jarrett--has a scar on the under part of one of his arms, occasioned by a wound from a knife."

Mr. John D. Turner, near Norfolk, Virginia, in the "Norfolk Herald," June 27, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro by the name of Joshua--he has a cut across one of his ears, which he will conceal as much as possible--one of his ankles is enlarged by an ulcer."

Mr. William Stansell, Picksville, Ala. in the "Huntsville Democrat," August 29, 1837. "Ranaway, negro boy Harper--has a scar on one of his hips in the form of a G."

Hon. Ambrose H. Sevier, Senator in Congress, from Arkansas, in the "Vicksburg Register," of Oct. 13. "Ranaway, Bob, a slave--has a scar across his breast, another on the right side of his head--his back is much scarred with the whip."

Mr. R. A. Greene, Milledgeville, Georgia, in the "Macon Messenger," July 27, 1837. "Two hundred and fifty dollars reward, for my negro man Jim--he is much marked with shot in his right thigh,--the shot entered on the outside, half way between the hip and knee joints."

Benjamin Russel, deputy sheriff, Bibb county, Ga. in the "Macon Telegraph," December 25, 1837. "Brought to jail, John--left ear cropt."

Hon. H. Hitchcock, Mobile, judge of the Supreme Court, in the "Commercial Register," Oct. 27, 1837. "Ranaway, the slave Ellis--he has lost one of his ears."

Mrs. Elizabeth L. Carter, near Groveton, Prince William county, Virginia, in the "National Intelligencer," Washington, D. C. June 10, 1837. "Ranaway, a negro man, Moses--he has lost a part of one of his ears."

Mr. William D. Buckels, Natchez, Mi. in the "Natchez Courier," July 28, 1838. "Taken up, a negro man--is very much scarred about the face and body, and has the left ear bit off."

Mr. Walter R. English, Monroe county, Ala. in the "Mobile Chronicle," Sept. 2, 1837. "Ranaway, my slave Lewis--he has lost a piece of one ear, and a part of one of his fingers, a part of one of his toes is also lost."

Mr. James Saunders, Grany Spring, Hawkins county, Tenn. in the "Knoxville Register," June 6, 1838. "Ranaway, a black girl named Mary--has a scar on her cheek, and the end of one of her toes cut off."

Mr. John Jenkins, St. Joseph's, Florida, captain of the steamboat Ellen, "Apalachicola Gazette," June 7, 1838. "Ranaway, the negro boy Cæsar--he has but one eye."

Mr. Peter Hanson, Lafayette city, La., In the New Orleans "Bee," July 28, 1838. "Ranaway, the negress Martha--she has lost her right eye."

Mr. Orren Ellis, Georgeville, Mi. in the "North Alabamian," Sept. 15, 1837. "Ranaway, George--has had the lower part of one of his ears bit off."

Mr. Zadock Sawyer, Cuthbert, Randolph county, Georgia, in the "Milledgeville Union," Oct. 2, 1838. "Ranaway, my negro Tom--has a piece bit off the top of his right ear, and his little finger is stiff."

Mr. Abraham Gray, Mount Morino, Pike county, Ga. in the "Milledgeville Union," Oct. 9, 1838. "Ranaway, my mulatto woman Judy--she has had her right arm broke."

S. B. Tuston, jailer, Adams county, Mi. in the "Natchez Courier," June 15, 1838. "Was committed to jail, a negro man named Bill--has had the thumb of his left hand split."

Mr. Joshua Antrim, Nineveh, Warren county, Virginia, in the "Winchester Virginian," July 11, 1837. "Ranaway, a mulatto man named Joe--his fingers on the left hand are partly amputated."

J. B. Randall, jailor, Marietta, Cobb county, Ga., in the "Southern Recorder," Nov. 6, 1838. "Lodged in jail, a negro man named Jupiter--is very lame in his left hip, so that he can hardly walk--has lost a joint of the middle finger of his left hand."

Mr. John N. Dillahunty, Woodville, Mi., in the "N. O. Commercial Bulletin," July 21, 1837. "Ranaway, Bill--has a scar over one eye, also one on his leg, from the bite of a dog--has a burn on his buttock, from a piece of hot iron in shape of a T."

William K. Ratcliffe, sheriff, Frankin county, Mi. in the "Natchez Free Trader," August 23, 1838. "Committed to jail, a negro named Mike--his left ear off."

Mr. Preston Halley, Barnwell, South Carolina, in the "Augusta [Ga.] Chronicle," July 27, 1838. "Ranaway, my negro man Levi--his left hand has been burnt, and I think the end of his fore finger is off."

Mr. Welcome H. Robbins, St. Charles county, Mo. in the "St. Louis Republican," June 30, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro named Washington--has lost a part of his middle finger and the end of his little finger."

G. Gourdon & Co. druggists, corner of Rampart and Hospital streets, New Orleans, in the "Commercial Bulletin," Sept. 18, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro named David Drier--has two toes cut."

Mr. William Brown, in the "Grand Gulf Advertiser," August 29, 1838. "Ranaway, Edmund--has a scar on his right temple, and under his right eye, and holes in both ears."

Mr. James McDonnell, Talbot county, Georgia, in the "Columbus Enquirer," Jan. 18, 1838. "Runaway, a negro boy twelve or thirteen years old--has a scar on his left cheek from the bite of a dog."

Mr. John W. Cherry, Marengo county, Ala. in the "Mobile Register," June 15, 1838. "Fifty dollars reward, for my negro man John--he has a considerable scar on his throat, done with a knife."

Mr. Thos. Brown, Roane co. Tenn. in the "Knoxville Register," Sept. 12, 1838. "Twenty-five dollars reward, for my man John--the tip of his nose is bit off."

Messrs. Taylor, Lawton & Co., Charleston, South Carolina, in the "Mercury," Nov. 1838. "Ranaway, a negro fellow called Hover--has a cut above the right eye."

Mr. Louis Schmidt, Faubourg, Sivaudais, La. in the New Orleans "Bee," Sept. 5, 1837. "Ranaway, the negro man Hardy--has a scar on the upper lip, and another made with a knife on his neck."

W. M. Whitehead, Natchez, in the "New Orleans Bulletin," July 21, 1837. "Ranaway, Henry--has half of one ear bit off."

Mr. Conrad Salvo, Charleston, South Carolina, in the "Mercury, August 10, 1837. "Ranaway, my negro man Jacob--he has but one eye."

William Baker, jailer, Shelby county, Ala., in the "Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser," Oct. 5, 1838. "Committed to jail, Ben--his left thumb off at the first joint."

Mr. S. N. Hite, Camp street, New Orleans, in the "Bee," Feb. 19, 1838. "Twenty-five dollars reward for the negro slave Sally--walks as though crippled in the back."

Mr. Stephen M. Richards, Whitesburg, Madison county, Alabama, in the "Huntsville Democrat," Sept. 8, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro man named Dick--has a little finger off the right hand."

Mr. A. Brose, parish of St. Charles, La. in the "New Orleans Bee," Feb. 19, 1838. "Ranaway, the negro Patrick--has his little finger of the right hand cut close to the hand."

Mr. Needham Whitefield, Aberdeen, Mi. in the "Memphis (Tenn.) Enquirer," June 15, 1838. "Ranaway, Joe Dennis--has a small notch in one of his ears."

Col. M. J. Keith, Charleston, South Carolina, in the "Mercury," Nov. 27, 1837. "Ranaway, Dick--has lost the little toe of one of his feet."

Mr. R. Faucette, Haywood, North Carolina, in the "Raleigh Register," April 30, 1838. "Escaped, my negro man Eaton--his little finger of the right hand has been broke."

Mr. G. C. Richardson, Owen Station, Mo., in the St. Louis "Republican," May 5, 1838. "Ranaway, my negro man named Top--has had one of his legs broken."

Mr. E. Han, La Grange, Fayette county, Tenn. in the Gallatin "Union," June 23, 1837. "Ranaway, negro boy Jack--has a small crop out of his left ear."

D. Herring, warden of Baltimore city jail, in the "Marylander," Oct. 6, 1837. "Was committed to jail, a negro man--has two scars on his forehead, and the top of his left ear cut off."

Mr. James Marks, near Natchitoches, La. in the "Natchitoches Herald," July 21, 1838. "Stolen, a negro man named Winter--has a notch cut out of the left ear, and the mark of four or five buck shot on his legs."

Mr. James Barr, Amelia Court House, Virginia, in the "Norfolk Herald," Sept. 12, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro man--scar back of his left eye, as if from the cut of a knife."

Mr. Isaac Michell, Wilkinson county, Georgia, in the "Augusta Chronicle," Sept. 21, 1837. "Ranaway, negro man Buck--has a very plain mark under his ear on his jaw, about the size of a dollar, having been inflicted by a knife."

Mr. P. Bayhi, captain of the police, Suburb Washington, third municipality, New Orleans, in the "Bee," Oct. 13, 1837. "Detained at the jail, the negro boy Hermon--has a scar below his left ear, from the wound of a knife."

Mr. Willie Paterson, Clinton, Jones county, Ga. in the "Darien Telegraph," Dec. 5, 1837. "Ranaway, a negro man by the name of John--he has a scar across his cheek, and one on his right arm, apparently done with a knife."

Mr. Samuel Ragland, Triana, Madison county, Alabama, in the "Huntsville Advocate," Dec. 23, 1837. "Ranaway, Isham--has a scar upon the breast and upon the under lip, from the bite of a dog."

Mr. Moses E. Bush, near Clayton, Ala. in the "Columbus [Ga.] Enquirer," July 5, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro man--has a scar on his hip and on his breast, and two front teeth out."

C. W. Wilkins, sheriff Baldwin Co, Ala. in the "Mobile Advertiser," Sept. 22, 1837. "Committed to jail, a negro man, he is crippled in the right leg."

Mr. James H. Taylor, Charleston South Carolina, in the "Courier," August 7, 1837. "Absconded, a colored boy, named Peter, lame in the right leg."

N. M. C. Robinson, jailer, Columbus, Georgia, in the "Columbus (Ga.) Enquirer," August 2, 1838. "Brought to jail, a negro man, his left ankle has been broke."

Mr. Littlejohn Rynes, Hinds Co. Mi. in the "Natchez Courier," August, 17, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro man named Jerry, has a small piece cut out of the top of each ear."

The Heirs of J. A. Alston, near Georgetown, South Carolina, in the "Georgetown [S. C.] Union," June 17, 1837. "Absconded a negro named Cuffee, has lost one finger; has an enlarged leg."

A. S. Ballinger, Sheriff, Johnston Co, North Carolina, in the "Raleigh Standard," Oct. 18, 1838. "Committed to jail, a negro man; has a very sore leg."

Mr. Thomas Crutchfield, Atkins, Ten. in the "Tennessee Journal," Oct. 17, 1838. "Ranaway, my mulatto boy Cy, has but one hand, all the fingers of his right hand were burnt off when young."

J. A. Brown, jailer, Orangeburg, South Carolina, in the "Charleston Mercury," July 18, 1838. "Was committed to jail, a negro named Bob, appears to be crippled in the right leg."

S. B. Turton, jailer, Adams Co. Miss. in the "Natchez Courier," Sept. 28, 1828. "Was committed to jail, a negro man, has his left thigh broke."

"Mr. John H. King, High street, Georgetown, in the "National Intelligencer," August 1, 1837. "Ranaway, my negro man, he has the end of one of his fingers broken."

Mr. John B. Fox, Vicksburg, Miss. in the "Register," March 29, 1837. "Ranaway, a yellowish negro boy named Tom, has a notch in the back of one of his ears."

Messrs. Fernandez and Whiting, auctioneers, New Orleans, in the "Bee," April 8, 1837. "Will be sold Martha, aged nineteen, has one eye out."

Mr. Marshall Jett, Farrowsville, Fauquier Co. Virginia, in the "National Intelligencer," May 30, 1837. "Ranaway, negro man Ephraim, has a mark over one of his eyes, occasioned by a blow."

S. B. Turton, jailer Adams Co. Miss. in the "Natches Courier," Oct. 12, 1838. "Was committed a negro, calls himself Jacob, has been crippled in his right leg."

John Ford, sheriff of Mobile County, in the "Mississippian," Jackson Mi. Dec. 28, 1838. "Committed to jail, a negro man Cary, a large scar on his forehead."

E. W. Morris, sheriff of Warren County, in the "Vicksburg [Mi.] Register," March 28, 1838. "Committed as a runaway, a negro man Jack, he has several scars on his face."

Mr. John P. Holcombe, in the Charleston Mercury," April 17, 1828. "Absented himself, his negro man Ben, has scars on his throat, occasioned by the cut of a knife."

Mr. Geo. Kinlock, in the "Charleston, S. C. Courier," May 1, 1839. "Ranaway, negro boy KITT, 15 or 16 years old, has a piece taken out of one of his ears."

Wm. Magee, sheriff, Mobile Co. in the "Mobile Register," Dec. 27, 1837. "Committed to jail, a runaway slave, Alexander, a scar on his left cheek."

Mr. Henry M. McGregor, Prince George County, Maryland, in the "Alexandria [D. C.] Gazette," Feb. 6, 1838. "Ranaway, negro Phil, scar through the right eye brow, part of the middle toe on the right foot cut off."

Green B Jourdan, Baldwin County Ga. in the "Georgia Journal," April 18, 1837. "Ranaway, John, has a scar on one of his hands extending from the wrist joint to the little finger, also a scar on one of his legs."

Messrs. Daniel and Goodman, New Orleans, in the "N. O. Bee," Feb. 2. 1838. "Absconded, mulatto slave Alick, has a large scar over one of his cheeks."

Jeremiah Woodward, Goochland, Co. Va. in the "Richmond Va. Whig," Jan. 30, 1838. "200 DOLLARS REWARD for Nelson, has a scar on his forehead occasioned by a burn, and one on his lower lip and one about the knee."

Samuel Rawlins, Gwinet Co. Ga. in the "Columbus Sentinel," Nov. 29, 1838. "Ranaway, a negro man and his wife, named Nat and Priscilla, he has a small scar on his left cheek, two stiff fingers on his right hand with a running sore on them; his wife has a scar on her left arm, and one upper tooth out."

Jesse Debruhl, sheriff, Richland District, "Columbia (S. C.) Telescope," Feb. 24, 1838. "Committed to jail, Ned, about 25 years of age, has lost his two upper front teeth."

Mr. John Hunt, Black Water Bay, "Pensacola (Ga.) Gazette," October 14, 1837. "100 DOLLARS REWARD, for Perry, one under front tooth missing, aged 23 years."

Mr. John Frederick, Branchville, Orangeburgh District, S. C. "Charleston [S. C.] Courier," June 12, 1837. 10 DOLLARS REWARD, for Mary, one or two upper teeth out, about 25 years old."

Mr. Egbert A. Raworth, eight miles west of Nashville on the Charlotte road, "Daily Republican Banner," Nashville, Tennessee, April 30, 1838. "Ranaway, Myal, 23 years old, one of his fore teeth out."

Benjamin Russel, Deputy sheriff, Bibb Co. Ga. "Macon (Ga.) Telegraph," Dec. 25, 1837. "Brought to jail John, 23 years old, one fore tooth out."

F. Wisner, Master of the Work House, "Charleston (S. C.) Courier." Oct. 17, 1837. "Committed to the Charleston Work House Tom, two of his upper front teeth out, about 30 years of age."

Mr. S. Neyle, "Savannah (Ga.) Republican," July 3, 1837. "Ranaway Peter, has lost two front teeth in the upper jaw."

Mr. John McMurrain, near Columbus, "Georgia Messenger," Aug. 2, 1838. "Ranaway, a boy named Moses, some of his front teeth out.

Mr. John Kennedy, Stewart Co. La. "New Orleans Bee," April 7, 1837. "Ranaway, Sally, her fore teeth out."

Mr. A. J. Hutchings, near Florence, Ala. "North Alabamian," August 25, 1838. "Ranaway, George Winston, two of his upper fore teeth out immediately in front."

Mr. James Purdon, 33 Common street, N. O. "New Orleans Bee," Feb. 13, 1838. "Ranaway, Jackson, has lost one of his front teeth."

Mr. Robert Calvert, in the "Arkansas State Gazette," August 22, 1838. "Ranaway, Jack, 25 years old, has lost one of his fore teeth."

Mr. A. G. A. Beazley, in the Memphis Gazette," March 18, 1338. "Ranaway, Abraham, 20 or 22 years of age, his front teeth out."

Mr. Samuel Townsend, in the "Huntsville [Ala.] Democrat," May 24, 1837. "Ranaway, Dick, 18 or 20 years of age, has one front tooth out."

Mr. Philip A. Dew, in the "Virginia Herald," of May 24, 1837. "Ranaway, Washington, about 25 years of age, has an upper front tooth out."

J. G. Dunlap, "Georgia Constitutionalist," April 24, 1838. "Ranaway, negro woman Abbe, upper front teeth out."

John Thomas, "Southern Argus," August 7, 1838. "Ranaway, Lewis, 25 or 26 years old, one or two of his front teeth out."

M. E. W. Gilbert, in the "Columbus [Ga.] Enquirer," Oct. 5. 1837. "50 DOLLARS REWARD, for Prince, 25 or 26 years old, one or two teeth out in front on the upper jaw."

Publisher of the "Charleston Mercury," Aug. 31, 1838. "Ranaway, Seller Saunders, one fore tooth out, about 22 years of age."

Mr. Byrd M. Grace, in the "Macon [Ga.] Telegraph," Oct. 16, 1838. "Ranaway, Warren, about 25 or 26 years old, has lost some of his front teeth."

Mr. George W. Barnes, in the "Milledgeville [Ga.] Journal," May 22, 1837. "Ranaway, Henry, about 23 years old, has one of his upper front teeth out."

D. Herring, Warden of Baltimore Jail, in "Baltimore Chronicle," Oct. 6, 1837. "Committed to jail Elizabeth Steward, 17 or 18 years old, has one of her front teeth out."

Mr. J. L. Colborn, in the "Huntsville [Ala.] Democrat," July 4, 1837. "Ranaway Liley, 26 years of age, one fore tooth gone."

Samuel Harman Jr. in the "New Orleans Bee," Oct. 12, 1838. "50 DOLLARS REWARD, for Adolphe, 28 years old, two of his front teeth are missing."

$50 REWARD.--Stop Ruffin and Wyatt.--These men left my house on Saturday night, January 15, 1848, without any provocation. They have uniformly maintained a good characther for honesty, industry, sobrierty,--were obedient and trustworthy servants, and no severity nor threats had been offered towards them; and I very much fear they have left for some Northern State. These slaves were originally owned in Surry, and possibly may be in the vicinity of their relatives. George N. Hatch. Gaysville, P.O. Prince George County, Va.
Source: "American Beacon" (Norfolk, Va.), January 24, 1848, Transcribed by C. Anthony

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