Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Slave Miscellaneous 1776-?

Slave miscellaneous is bits and pieces of slave information I found while I was searching through the revolutionary war records. This page will give the names of the slaves and the negroes and their owners names and other interesting facts about them.

State of Connecticut.


Col. John Ely to dismiss a negro slave, named Minto, belonging to Joseph Crandall, from said Ely's regiment, to return to said Crandal, and said Col. Ely is hereby directed to dismiss him accordingly, his premium, arms, &c. to be returned before dismission.

Pomp, a negro man slave belonging to the estate of Jeremiah Leming formerly of Norwalk, clerk, now absconded to the enemy of the United States, shewing to this Assembly that in consequence of a sentence of confiscation passed against said estate agreeable to an administration committed thereon the memorialist is liable to be sold for the benefit of the State, and to be continued in slavery by act of government, and praying to be emancipated and set at liberty, as per memorial on file : Resolved by this Assembly, that the memorialist be and he is hereby emancipated and set at liberty.

State of Georgia.

The following records can be read by pushing on them.

Confiscation Estates.





State of New Hampshire.

In H. of Rep., May 5, 1758, he was allowed £i60. In
1761, Major Gilman petitioned for an allowance for the los s
of time, clothes, etc ., of his "negro slave by the name of
Ceaser Nero," who was in Capt. Richard Emery's company,
and taken prisoner at Fort William Henry in 1757. He
was allowed £8o new tenor.-ED.

Petition of Peter Hanson for a Divorce : addressed
to the General Assembly, Feb . 12, 1778 .

Most humbly sheweth, Peter Hanson of Nottingham in said State, that your Petitioner was born in that unhappy Quarter of the World called Africa, whose Inhabitants have been usually Stole, transported and Sold in the Markets of America like Cattle, notwithstanding they have but two legs, and are formed in the Same Image as White men . In like manner your Petitioner was bro't to this State and Sold, where by his faithful and diligent behaviour in his Masters Service he has Obtained his freedom ; and humbly presumes that by his Industry he is in a likely way not to be Unuseful to the Community.

He begs leave further to shew that in the time of his Servitude he was Married to one Venus his Country woman and Slave to Mr. Nathaniel Cooper of Dover, that by agreement with, and Consent of said Venus he has for more than one year past refrained to Cohabit with her as his wife, for the following reasons viz Because he Verily believes the making Slaves of any of the human Race is Unrighteous in the Sight of God, and a Cruel Despotick power used by one part of Mankind over another, and that his begetting Children to be and remain Slaves during their lives would be very Wicked , and for which he might deserve the Curses of such a Posterity groaning under Bondage-Also for that in his present happy State of Freedom he cannot have any Comfort in the Conjuga I State with a person who is a Slave and cannot reside with him or Even so much as Speak to him without leave from her Master or Mistress, which he has been formerly denied and he not Suffered to tarry in the house with her.

Wherefore your Petitioner most humbly prays that your Honours (who have so nobled Strugled in the Cause of Natural Liberty) will take his case into your wise Consideration, and relieve him from being tied to a Slave, under the Temptation of begetting Slaves, and liberate him by dissolving the Bonds of Matrimony between him and the said Venus And your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray most fervently.
His mark.
Peter P Hanson.

Each Negro Mulatto or Indian Slave being male--£20.


The petition of Major John Gilman praying an allowance for his negro being captivated & kept two years & Eleven months, being read Voted, That there be allowed to Major Jn° Gilman in full for said petition, Eighty pounds new Tenor & paid to him or his or -
der out of money in the Treasury_ & charge to the Expedition acct for 1757. (a) Sent up by Mr. Morrell.

(a) Jour . C. & Assem . Feb' 13, 176I, Mr. Morrell from the House bro't up the Petition of Mjr John Gilman setting forth that he had a slave in the year 1767 who was taken captive at the surrender of Port William Henry & Retained in captivity till the total reduction of Canada &c. praying the consideration of the Legislature in making him some allowance, and a vote of the House thereon for his receiving £80 N . Ten*, read and concurred .

Lieu. William Miles of Canterbury in the Province of New Hampshire of Lawful age Testifies & says, That sometime in May 1752 a Canada Indian named Sabbattis came to Canterbury, in Conversation told the Depont there was not a Peace made Between the St. Francis Indians & the English, the for his own part pretended friendship. That a few days after at Canterbury a Negro man named Peer a slave of Josiah Miles's and another Named Tom Belonging to James Lindsay both of Canterbury were Captivated. After a few days Peer made his escape got home, & said Sabbattis & Cristo took them Tom is not returned to this Day. That afterwards in May 1753 the said Sabbattis came to Canterbury again with an Indian Named Plausawar of the St Francis Tribe Sabbattis then told the Deponent with menacing words and Gestures that he took the aforesaid two Negroes & had sold Tom to the French for three hundred Livres at Crown Point and
Justified his Right in taking them.

Elizabeth Miles Wife to Josiah Miles of Canterbury in the Province of New Hampshire Testifies and says; That some time in the month of May 1752 two St Francis Indians (as they called themselves) named Sabbattis & Cristo came to Canterbury. Sabbattis made his General Lodging at the said Josiah's House for eight or Ten Days & was Treated with all Possible Friendship & Courtesy. Notwithstanding the said Sabbattis often Discovered a Restless & Malicious Disposition & Several times (Her husband being absent) with Insulting threats put her in very great Fear. Constantly kept a long knife Naked in his hand and on seeing any man come towards the House (of which he kept constant watch ) arm'd himself-That the evening after he went away a Negro man of the said Josiah's was taken (named Peer) and another belonging to James Lindsey of Canterbury aforesaid Named Tom and carried away said Peer of the value of five hundred pounds old Tenor at the least.

That the said Peer about three days after return'd pinion'd & Bound with Indian Lines and said that Sabbattis and Christo had taken them and that by accident he made his Escape. That sometime in the month of May 1753 she was going to the field and an Indian (named Plausway) spoke to her behind a Fence and asked for her husband who was then at work close by, her husband enquired what company he had and he said Sabbattis he enquired what he carne for or how he dare come (meaning Sabbattis) he evaded an answer, her husband Desired him to go into the house, (being vehemently suspicious they were design'd for Further mischief; where he kept him that night and urged the appearance of Sabbattis, Plausway said he was afraid that he or Lindsey would Ml him for Stealing their negroes the year Before. That after assurance that if he made his appearance he should not be hurt Next day searching in the woods found him and after a parley he came in.

The wife of James Lindsey a near neighbor, hearing the Indians was there came to the house (the Englishmen were all gone out to work) and finding Sabbattis there said Lindseys wife urged his In gratitude that after he had received so much kindness at their house to commit such a Villainous Act as to Rob her of her slave with some Few words more to the same Purpose Both the Indians immediately armed themselves with their guns Sabbattis with a Long knife and Plausway with a Hatchet and with a furious Gesture Insulted her holding the Hatchet over her head making attempts as if he would strike and told her if she said one word more about it he would split her brains out if he died for it the next minute.

Sabbattis went out to her husband in the field and told him that if lie ever see the said Lindseys wife any more he would kill her be the event what it would (as her husband the Indian told her) that the said Sabbattis insisted that the said Negro was Lawfull plunder the Deponent sold the said Indians two shirts an happened to see them when they shirted and there was next their skm Tyed a Number of Small Metump Lines not such as are usually made for Tying Packs-a Collar of a Length about sufficient to called Captive Lines.

That the Deponent and her husband frequently seeing them uncommon Lines Asked what Business Sabbattis and he could have there as they had not brought their packs for trade at length Plausway said he had a kinsman (named Sabbattis) who had at Cape Sable killed an Indian and that they agreed for his Redemption (being held by them) to pay five hundred pounds or get an English slave.

That Sabbattis being his Names sake offered to assist him in the redemption and said the Hunting was best this way That the Indian must be released by the money or other ways (by Sumer) or he must be put to Death .

Province of New Hampshire New} Canterbury May 21, 1754.

Upon a motion made by Col° Bartlett concerning a Negro Slave of Lieut. Henry Butler, who has enlisted into the regiment raising for the defense of Rhode Island, Voted , That those Negro Slaves who have enlisted into the said service without their masters leave, upon returning their enlisting money paid them, that the muster master shall strike
them out of the rolls .

Slaves of 1779.

Seneca Hall-- Peter Frost--Zebulon Gardner.
Peter Warner--Prince Whipple--Quam Sherburne.
Cato Warner-- Nero Brewster Samuel Wentworth.
Pharaoh Shores-- Pharaoh Rogers-- Will Clarkson.
Winsor Moffatt-- Romeo Rindge-- Jack Odiorne.
Garrett Colton-- Cato Newmarch-- Cipio Hubbard.
Kittindge Tuckerman-- Cesar Gerrish.


In his will he states: I Do in right and Equitty ow to any and as for my black Slave pegg my will is that She Shall be Set free in the Speace of two whole years after my Decease if She Do be have her Self well and Dutiful to wards her mis which if not her mis Shall
have Liberty to Sell her time to any person for and During the Expiration of Two years and no Longer and my other two black Slaves with the rest of my Estate to my wife Hanah.


In her will she states: after my Decease Sell & Convey my Negro Woman Slave Named Flora, and also her Child named Alice, to Some Person or Persons In the County of
Essex (if they will Purchase them), and that the Money raised thereby be appIy'd to the use of My Said Son James Stoodly, to Enable him to pay my Just Debts.

State of New Jersey.


Ran-away on the evening of the 7th inst . from Trenton ferry, a likely Mulatto slave, named Sarah, but since calls herself Rachael; she took her son with her, a Mulatto boy named Bob, about six years old, has a remarkable fair complexion, with flaxen hair: She is a lusty wench, about 34 years old, big with child; had on a striped linsey petticoat, linen jacket, flat shoes, a large white cloth cloak, and a blanket, but may change her dress, as she has other cloaths with her. She was lately apprehended in the first Maryland regiment, where she pretends to have a husband, with whom she has been the principal part of this campaign, and passed herself as a free woman. Whoever apprehends said woman and boy, and will secure them in any gaol, so that their master may get them again, shall receive the above reward, by applying to Mr. Blair M'Clenachan, of Philadelphia, Capt. Benjamin Brooks, of the third Maryland regiment, at camp, or to Mr. James Sterret, in Baltimore.
Oct. 18, 1778.

TRENTON, October 27, 1779.

James, a negro slave of Anthony Warwich, was convicted of stabbing his master he is sentenced to be executed the 26th of November next.

New-Gernumtown, West-New-Jersey, June 11, 1776.


Run away from the subscriber, on the 5th day of this inst. a Ncgroe man, named BEN, about 5 feet 4 inches high, 22 years old, his left leg considerably larger than the other, with a large scar on the same; when he went away, had on a blue coat, red jacket, black breeches, a pair of mixed coloured worsted stockings, calf-skin shoes, and a pair of carved silver buckles, a claret coloured surtout, a swanskin jacket, fine shirt with chitterlings on the bosom, woollen trowsers, a half worn wool hat; also had a bag marked I. T. supposed to be taken for carrying his Clothes. Any person taking up said Negroe, and securing him in any goal, shall receive the above reward, and reasonable charges, paid by
JOHN TAYLOR. —The Pennsylvania Gazette, June 19, 1776.

Six Dollars Reward.

Ran Away from the subscriber living in Bethlehem township, Hunterdon county, New-Jersey.
A Negro Man named Ben, about three and twenty years old, five feet six inches high, country born, lived lately in the lower parts of Maryland. He is lame in one of his feet. Had on an old hat, an old blue coat, a red jacket and buckskin breeches. Whoever secures said Negro so that the subscriber may have him again, or brings him home, shall receive the above reward with reasonable charges paid by Thomas Scott.

N. B. Whoever takes up said Negro, is desired to acquaint the subscriber by advertising him in the Pennsylvania Journal.—Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, October 16, 1776.

Run away from the subscriber, living in Philipsburg, Hunterdon county, New-Jersey, a Negroe man, named BEN, about 23 years of age, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high, country born ; he is lame in one of legs and foot. Said Negroe man ran away about the last of June, 1777. Whoever takes him up and brings him home, or secures him, so that the subscriber can get him again, shall have Six Dollars reward, and all reasonable charges, paid by
THOMAS SCOTT. —The Pennsylvania Gazette, July 9, 1777.

RUN AWAY, on the third day of June instant, from the subscriber, living in Great Egg Harbour township, Gloucester county, a Negro Man, named Sim, near 6 feet high, well made, about 24 years of age. Had on and took with him, an old felt hat, a new broad cloth jacket. Russia sheeting shirt, a pair of home-spun trousers, one pair of pumps, and one pair of shoes, and several other articles.

Whoever takes up the said negro and delivers him to his master, or secures him in any goal belonging to these states, shall receive TEN DOLLARS Reward, and all reasonable charges, if taken in Gloucester county, Cape May or Cumberland : and if out the said counties, a Reward of TWENTY—FIVE DOLLARS, and all reasonable charges paid, by

N. B. The said Negro can read and write, and has a remarkable large foot.—The Pennsylvania Journal, June 25, 1777.


Ran away on Friday, the 6th inst. (September) from the subscriber; living in Pitts-Grove, one mile below the Sweed Meeting house, in Salem County, West-Jersey, a mulatto man named PETER, about 35 years of age, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high, stout and well made, is fond of strong liquor, and when drunk very saucy and talks a great deal of his abilities as a farmer; he formerly lived with David Franks, Esq; of Philadelphia, and was purchased of him about five years ago by his present master. As he was seen going towards Salem it is probable he may make for Penn's Neck. He had on and took with him, a light mixed superfine cloth coat and waistcoat, a red hair plush jacket, a white jacket with a belt before, green calimanco breeches, a holland shirt, three stocks, a pair of white plain cotton stockings, a pair of light colored silk ditto, a pair of tow trowsers, one red spotted and one black silk handkerchief, a pair of pumps, one of which is patched on the side, square silver shoe buckles, and an old hat. Whoever secures, the said fellow in any gaol so that his master may have him again, shall receive the above reward, and reasonable charges if brought home, or to Samuel Purviance and Sons in Philadelphia.
SAMUEL PURVIANCE. —The Pennsylvania Packet, {September 17, 1776.

State of Rhode Island.

Slave enlistments.

1. Joseph Bucklin, balance due for a slave named Prince, enlisted into Col.
Christopher Greene's regiment.

2. John Barber, for his slave, Ellick Barber, enlisted into Col. Greene's regiment.

3. Joseph Case, of North Kingstown, for Prince Case, an enlisted slave.

4. Jeremiah Ingraham, for an enlisted slave.

5. Cato Bannister, who was a negro slave belonging to the heirs of the late John Bannister, of Newport, deceased, and also an indented apprentice to Mr. Elkanah Humphry, of Barrington, enlisted into the late regiment commanded by Col. Christopher Greene.

Whereas, a certain negro, called Plato Wheeler, formerly a slave of Paul Wheeler, of Stonington, in the state of Connecticut, was purchased by Thomas Wells, the second, of Hopkinton, in this state, for the purpose of his, the said slave's, being made free, and entering as a soldier into the Continental regiment of this state; and the said slave did thereupon freely enlist as a soldier in the said regiment, but hath since absconded, and returned into the said state of Connecticut, and it is represented that his former master supports the said negro in the said fraudulent conduct.

It is therefore voted and resolved, that His Excellency the Governor be, and he is hereby, requested to write to the governor of the state of Connecticut, and inform him of the above mentioned circumstances, and request that an order may be made, and proper means used, for remanding the said negro to this state, that he may be forwarded to the said regiment.

Quaco, a negro man, formerly a slave belonging to James Honyman, Esq., of Newport, hath represented unto this Assembly, that during the time that Newport was a British garrison, the said James Honyman had agreed to sell and dispose of him to Col. Campbell, a British officer; that the service in a British regiment being extremely disagreeable to him, he fled from the island of Rhode Island, at the peril of his life, and placed himself under the protection of the authority of this state.

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