Ben of Beaufort County, NC, probably born about 1790; in 1815

Washington 1815

June 30, 1815 (American Recorder, a newspaper of Washington, Beaufort, NC, 3d page)

Ten Dollars Reward.

Run-away from the Subscriber on the 11th of April last, my negro


He is about 25 years of age, very black, and stout made, about 6 feet high, has a course voice, is slow in speech, and is well known in this & the neighbouring County, amongst whom he can associate as a pre*c*er.

            Any person delivering said negro to me or lodge him in jail so that I get him again; shall be entitled to the above reward,

                        THOMAS TROTTER

June 29 –f


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2 Responses to Ben of Beaufort County, NC, probably born about 1790; in 1815

  1. chmjr2 says:

    Seems like another world. We have come a long way. But this is a long road, so we have much to still travel.

    • Finder of Stories says:

      Yes, the first time I read one of these notices, I felt like I had been slapped in the face. It had such a different impact than reading about this state of affairs in history books–too see an actual notice about an actual person.

      If I felt that way, I can’t imagine how people with an ancestral connection feel. It breaks my heart.

      But, I include these articles and notices in case they will help with ancestor identification at all. For example, one notice that is transcribed and will go up later gives both a first and last name for the individual’s mother and where she lived. I hope the posts are of help to someone and not just painful. At least, we will not forget.

      And yes, we do have a long way to go.

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