Slave Ads from1856
Here is another “Sun” Newspaper article on a runaway slave. The article appeared in the “Baltimore Sun” on April 3, 1856:

ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD - Ran away from the subscriber on Long Green, Baltimore county, on Sunday, March 30, 1856, a NEGRO BOY named ROBERT GROSS, about the age of eighteen years, of a dark color and five feet seven inches in height; rather stout. He had on when he left home a suit of grey-cassinet plantoons, vest and jacket, though he is supposed to have other things with him. He is a house servant and has a polite address and an erect carriage. He is supposed to be in the city, as he has relations of the same name there. If the boy is taken within the city and lodged in some jail where I can secure him, I will give a reward of seventy-five dollars; if taken out of the city and secured in Baltimore county jail, I will give an additional reward of twenty-five dollars. Address R.E. WILSON, Fork Meeting P.O., Baltimore county, Md.

for Robt. E. Wilson

Here is another “Sun” Newspaper article on a runaway slave. The article appeared in the “Baltimore Sun” on August 19, 1856:

TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD. Ran away from the subscriber, living on Long Green, Baltimore county, Md., NEGRO MAN JAKE, who calls himself JAKE DUPEN; he is a dark mulatto, about thirty years of age, five feet six or seven inches high, rather delicate made; the thumb of the left hand has been sprained, which gives it a clumsy appearance, and also has a large scar on the back of the right, caused by a cut. He had on when he left home (and I believe no others were taken) a pair of blue pants, with a light stripe running down them, black frock coat, and a light colored felt hat. I will give fifty dollars if taken in the city or county of Baltimore of the above reward if taken out of the State of Maryland. In either case he must be secured in jail so that I get him again.

Fort Meeting Hoise P.O.

Here is another “Sun” Newspaper article on a runaway slave. The article appeared in the “Baltimore Sun” on March 28. 1856:

ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD - Ran away from the subscriber, living in Baltimore county, Md., during the night of the 24th instant, his Servant Man CHARLES HALL, aged about 25 or 30 years; of dark color, nearly black; about 5 feet 6 inches in height, and well set. He had a fresh wound over the left eye - other marks or clothing not known. I will give the above reward if arrested and delivered to me, or secured in jail so that I get him.

Woodstock. Maryland

I’m changing up again on the slave article postings. Yesterday I posted an article from “The Baltimore Sun” dated March 28, 1856 on a CHARLES HALL who ran away from his owner, S. Blunt from Woodstock, Maryland. I am so pleased to report that this young man made good his escape as he actually made it to Canada and freedom.

According to an article in “A North-Side View of Freedom” by William Still, pages 396-397 who interviewed Charles Hall in Canada, this was clearly the same Charles Hall reported as a runaway in the “Sun”. The following is the interview:

“Charles Hall. This individual was from Maryland, Baltimore Co., where ‘black men had no rights which white men were bound to respect,’ according to the decisions of the late Chief Justice Taney of the Supreme Court of the United States. Charles was owned by Atwood A. Blunt, a farmer, much of whose time was devoted to card playing, rum-drinking and fox-hunting, so Charles stated. Charles gave him the credit of being as mild a specimen of a slave-(I cannot make out some of the words here) dom, and intense aversion to slavery, sustained him until he found an opportunity to escape by the Underground Rail Road. One of the tried Agents of the Underground Rail Road was alone cognizant of his dwelling in the cave, and regarding him as a tolerably safe passenger (having been so long secreted), secured him a passage on the schooner, and thus he was fortunately relieved from his eleven months’ residence in his den. No rhetoric or fine scholarship was needed in his case to make his story inbteresting. None but hearts of stone could have listened without emotion.”

My, my, my, what a story! This is yet another validated case of the Underground Railroad operating in Baltimore County - the type of information I am looking for with a group who are attempting to trace the Underground Railroad through Baltimore County. And, as you read into the interview, Charles Hall was a determined slave, determined to get away from slavery by obviously remainding in hiding for eleven months!!!

Louis S. Diggs

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