|Slave Ads from1846|
|April 4, 1846
ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD. Ran away from Hampton, 8 miles from Baltimore, on the York road, on Saturday, 19th instant, NEGRO JOHN KYLE, aged 19 or 20 years; nearly black, his right eye sore from scrofula, and legs very long. Also NEGRO DAVY JONES, about 15 or 16 years old, very good looking, and quite black. Their clothing was a drab roundabout, and pantaloons, discolored with time, and coarse shoes, half soled.
The above reward will be paid for bringing them home, or securing them in any jail so that I get them again, or $50 for either.
Manager at Hampton
Note: The Hampton referred to in the article exists today, under the National Park Service. It is called Hampton Mansion, and quite a popular place to visit. They had many slaves there, and today the NPS is attempting to locate descendants of former slaves from the mansion.
I hope that one day someone will e-mail me and say: Guess what! My ancestor was one of the runaway slaves noted in the article. That would really make my day.
Louis S. Diggs
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