Historic Pelham

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Pelham Manor Runaway Slave Notice in June 30, 1777 Issue of The New-York Gazette; And The Weekly Mercury

As I have indicated in previous postings, for several years I have tried to piece together some of the tragic history regarding slavery in the early years of Pelham's history. For those also working to piece together this history, I provide below a brief list of a few of the available resources on the topic:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006: 1712 Census of Westchester County Documents Slave Ownership in Pelham

Monday, April 3, 2006: 1805 Will of William Bayley of Pelham Included Disposition of Slaves

Friday, February 17, 2006: Runaway Slave Notice Published by John Pell in 1748 Comes to Light

Monday, July 18, 2005: Pelham Manor Runaway Slave Notice in August 29, 1789 Issue of The New-York Packet

Bell, Blake A., Records of Slavery and Slave Manumissions in 18th and 19th Century Pelham, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 27, Jul. 9, 2004.

Harris, William A., Records Related to Slave Manumissions: Pelham, New York, Vol. 123(3), The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, pp. 145-47 (Jul. 1992).

Today's Historic Pelham Blog Posting provides the text of an advertisement that appeared in at least two issues of The New-York Gazette; And The Weekly Mercury in 1777. In the brief notice, Thomas Pell offered a reward for return of runaway slaves. The text of the advertisement appears immediately below.


Run-away from the subscriber, on Tuesday the 15th of April last, a negro man, of a yellow complexion, part Indian, well set, walks with his knees wide apart, flat nose, about five feet eight or ten inches high, forty five years of age, or thereabouts, goes by the name of Abraham: Had on when he went away, a brown homespun jacket, tow shirt, a pair of buckskin breeches, black and white yarn stockings, and a new pair of shoes.

The said negro took with him a small mulatto wench, by the name of Moll, which he claims as his wife, and two negro children; one a boy three years old, the other a girl five months old. The above negroes were seen on Long-Island, not long since. Whoever apprehends the said run-aways, and brings them to Thomas Bartow, in New-York, or to the subscriber, or secures them so that the owner may get them again, shall receive the above reward, or Three Pounds for the negro, and Two Pounds for the wench and children, and all reasonable charges paid by THOMAS PELL,

Manor of Pelham, Jun 22, 1777."

Source: Five Pounds Reward, The New-York Gazette; And The Weekly Mercury, Jun. 30, 1777, p. 3, col. 2. See also Five Pounds Reward, The New-York Gazette; And The Weekly Mercury, Jul. 7, 1777, p. 4, col. 2.

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