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Forty Dollars Reward for Slave Fanny - Mobile Register 1841.

SLAVE NOTICE IN MOBILE REGISTER ~ AND JOURNAL, 1842 - William and Daniel.

MOBILE SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828- Robbins.

TWENTY DOLLARS REWARD - Ben.

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - Jack.

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - George and Stephen

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - Lee

SLAVE CLAIMING TO BE FREE - LEVI STANLEY (Stanly)

BRANDED SLAVE IN SUMTER - Ben

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - George

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1842 - Kitty

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1841 - Hope

Arrest of Fugitive slave from Virginia - Charles Halle

SLAVE SALE OF 1841 - Branch, George, Joe

SLAVE SALE OF 1841 - Eliza, Phoebe, Malinda, Clary, Aaron, Abel, Henry, Bill, Jacob, and Armistead

SLAVE SALE OF 1841 - Will, Tony, Isaac and Sally

SLAVE SLAVE OF 1859 - Contains 60 slave names

George Wright Sold His Five Children

Run Away Slave - Jim

 



FORTY DOLLARS REWARD FOR Slave Fanny.

Ran away from the subscriber about seven weeks since,
a Negro girl named Fanny. The said. girl is about thirty-five
years of age and. about five feet, six inches in height, is
rather black, grey headed, has an uncommon large mouth, and
takes long strides in walking. She is probably lurking somewhere
about in the city. All persons are forbidden harboring
or employing her. The above reward will. be paid. for the
apprehension and delivery to me, at 58 St. Francis Street.
                                     M. Hovendon,
An illustration of a female Negro figure carrying a bundle,
and taking a long stride in walking, appears at the beginning
of this ad.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Mobile Register and Journal Thursday Dec. 23rd, 1841..

Washington Copy,

8/13/37.

L. H.


Alabama

Mary Poole

SLAVE NOTICE IN MOBILE REGISTER ~ AND JOURNAL, 1842 - William and Daniel.

Committed. to the Jail of Fayette County, Alabama, on the 8th day of Feb., 1842, two negro men, as runaway slaves, who called their names, William and Daniel and say they belong to William Pierce a speculator, who brought them from the state of Virginia to Louisiana's seat, Baton Rouge, where they left him. William is about 25 years of age, 5 ft. high, and. of a yellow complexion. Daniel is about 30 years of age, 5 ft. 8 inches high, and of a dark complexion. Their owner is requested to come forward, prove his property, pay charges and take them away or they will be condemned according to the Statute, in such cases made and provided.

R. H. Poe, Sheriff, F. Co., Fayetteville, Ala.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: MOBILE REGISTER AND JOURNAL, March 8th., 1842.

Alabama                                                                                                                                   Ila B. Prince

                                                                                                                                                Mobile, Alabama

MOBILE SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828- Robbins.

COMMITTED.

To jail on the 19th inst., a Negro man, who calls himself Robbins. He is about 28 years old, 5 feet, 5 or 6
high, of dark complexion, professes to be a house carpenter by trade, and says he belongs to John Sneede,
in the Cherokee nation. The owner is requested to come forward, proveproperty, pay charges and take
away, or otherwise he will be sold to pay jail fees.

T. L. Toulmin
Aug. 23

     BIBLIOGRAPHY:  Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama.  Saturday morning, August 23rd, 1828.
Washington Copy,

L.H.


Week ending Aug. 20, 1937                                                                       Ila B. Prince

SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828.

TWENTY  DOLLARS REWARD - Ben.

Runaway from the subscriber living in Perry County, Alabama, in the 28th of October last, a mulatto man, named Ben, about 35 years of age, five feet, nine or ten inches high, stout make - hair tolerable long and curly, slow of speech, apt to laugh when spoken to; bow legged, and of rather slow gait; has a scar on the back of one of his hands, ocassioned by a burn, supposed to be the left; he is a good cabinet workman, of imposing manners, and in all probability will endeavor to pass himself off for a white man.  Had on when he went away a brown frock coat, copperas colored pantaloons, an a fur hat, but may soon change his dress.  It is supposed he will make for New Orleans, by the way of Mobile, and will endeavor to procure passage either on a steamboat or packet.  the above reward of twenty dollars, will be paid to any person who will secure him in any jail so that I may get him again, and if brought home, all reasonable expenses paid.

 

                            David Holeman.

Marion, Perry Co., Nov.14, 1.lltf.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

Dec.26, 1828.


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - Jack.

(Collected by Ila B.Prine.)

TEN DOLLARS REWARD.

Runaway from the Subscriber, on Saturday the 15th Inst. a negro boy named Jack, 28 or 30 years of age, black, stout made, ketch in his walk, and one tooth gone before and when he went off, tarpaulin hat, yellow copperas pantaloons, and gingham roundabout. It is supposed that Jack will attempt to find his way back to South Carolina, whence he was brought by Mr. T. Gallagher; for his apprehension or delivery to me in this place, the above reward will be given.

June 18 - 76 tf.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

June 18, 1828.


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - Sam

(Collected by Ila B. Prine.)

    RUNAWAY -

From the Cotton Press of M. D. Eslava, about the 25th, of March, A Negro man, slave, belonging to the subscriber named

SAM-

he is about 20 years old, black, 5 feet, 8 or 9 inches in height, and of a good countenance; he is supposed to be lurking about the city.  A liberal reward will be given for his apprehension and delivery to me.

H. Hitchcock,

May 15 - 66 tf.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

June 4, 1828.


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - George and Stephen

(Collected by Ila B. Prine.)

    TWENTY DOLLARS REWARD

     Run away from the Subscriber's Brickery on Dog River, the evening of the 21st inst. two Negro men to wit:

GEORGE AND STEPHEN

     They are from twenty five to thirty years of age, of a good size and very black.  Those Negroes belonged to the Hon. George W. Owen, and will probably endeavor to get to his plantation near Claiborne.  The above reward will be paid to any person that will confine the said Negroes in the jail at Mobile, or Claiborne so that I get them again.

E. Montgomery,

June 25- 78k      

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

June 25, 1828.


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - Lee

(Collected by Ila B. Prine.)

    TWENTY DOLLARS REWARD

     Left the plantation of Wm. Mathewson, Esquire, Choctaw Bluff about 1st April last, a mulatto Fellow named,

Lee

about nineteen or twenty years of age, five feet, seven inches high, stammers sometimes when spoken to, is likely active fellow.

     The above reward will be paid for his apprehension and delivery in the jail of Mobile, on application to McLoskey and Hagan.

    If Lee return voluntarily, he will be forgiven.

May 28, - 70 tl.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

June 4, 1828.


SLAVE CLAIMING TO BE FREE - LEVI STANLEY (Stanly)

(Collected by Francois Ludgere Diard.)

 

To the jail of Mobile County, on the 8th inst. by B. B. Breeding, Esqr., a Justice of the peace in and for Mobile County, a negro man who calls himself Levi Stanly.  He is about 27 years old, about 5 feet in height, a fine thick well set fellow and of dark complexion.  He says he came from the Eastern shores of Maryland and professes to be a free man.  His owner is requested to come forward prove property, pay charges and take him away, or otherwise he will be sold according to law to pay jail fees.

T. L. Toulmin,

Sheriff M. C.

June 12, 1830

The note of the late Daniel Geary of Mobile attached to the above reads:  "He stowed away on the fine, fast sailing schooner Transport.  D. C.  This slave, claiming freemanship, insisted he had a right to go from place to place." 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

August 28, 1830.


BRANDED SLAVE IN SUMTER - Ben

In the November 29, 1836 issue of Livingston, Alabama, newspaper called "The Voice of Sumter" appears the following advertisement of a runaway slave with sketch like the small copy made from it below:

Committed to the Jail of Sumter County on the 3rd of October, 1833, a Negro man who calls himself Ben, and says he belongs to A. Buckner, near Natchez, Mississippi.  The said Negro has a brand on his breast, A. B.

The owner is requested to come forward and prove property, pay charges and take him away, or he will be disposed of as the law directs.

C. M. Wiley, Jailor

Washington Copy

R. L. D.

7-7-37


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1828 - George

(Collected by Mary A. Poole)

    FIFTY DOLLARS REWARD

     $50.00 Reward -- Ran away from the subscriber on the morning of the 19th inst.  Negro boy George, about five feet, six or eight inches high aged twenty-four years, complexion near a full black, front teeth good, jaw teeth bad.  The subscriber has owned but a short time, and learns since he took his leave, that George is an old offender in ths way.  He was purchased from Mr. Zunts, who brought him from Charleston, S. C.

Thos. Holland

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

Dec. 30th 1841


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1842 - Kitty

(Collected by Mary A. Poole)

    TEN DOLLARS REWARD

$10----- Reward will be paid for the arrest and delivery to the subscriber, or his Negro Woman Kitty, about 30 years of age low status, good figure and light complexion, all persons are hereby warned against employing, harboring or anywise conniving at her secretion, under the penalties of the law, as he is determined to enforce them in the most rigid manner.  She is believed to be lurking in the city.

C. S. Hale

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama. 

Nov. 29th, 1842


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1841 - Hope

(Collected by Mary A. Poole.)

   

"Catch Him." ---- My boy Hope is lurking about the city, offering to hire himself to some steamboats, cotton press, or as a drayman.  I will pay a reasonable reward to any one who will return him to me.  He is rather slender built, a little bow-legged, very black, has a large nose, wears light mixed pants and either a blue frock coat or roundabout.

H. Gates

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama.

December 11, 1841

 


Arrest of Fugitive slave from Virginia - Charles Halle

(Collected by Gertha Couric)

   

     The United States Deputy Marshal today arrested a Negro man named Charles Halle, a fugitive from Hamsborough, Culpepper County, Va.  He was brought before the U. S. commissioner Beach, identified and remanded to his owner.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Eufaula Express.

April 27, 1860

 


 


SLAVE NOTICE OF 1841 - Hope

(Collected by Mary A. Poole.)

   

"Catch Him." ---- My boy Hope is lurking about the city, offering to hire himself to some steamboats, cotton press, or as a drayman.  I will pay a reasonable reward to any one who will return him to me.  He is rather slender built, a little bow-legged, very black, has a large nose, wears light mixed pants and either a blue frock coat or roundabout.

H. Gates

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama.

December 11, 1841


SLAVE SALE OF 1841 - Eliza, Phoebe, Malinda, Clary, Aaron, Abel, Henry, Bill, Jacob, and Armistead

(Collected by Mary A. Poole.)

   

"Mortgage of Negroes" ---- By virtue of a mortgage made by Wm. Wyatt, to me dated February 9th, 1839, and recorded in the Clerk's Office of Autauga County, Alabama, in Book D. R., pages 419-420, I shall sell for cash to the highest bidder, in Washington, Autauga Co., Alabama, on the 15th day of February, 1842, the following Negroes, viz:--

                                  Eliza, Phoebe, Malinda, Clary, Aaron, Abel, Henry, Bill, Jacob and Armistead.

                                                  Wm. Robinson

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama.

December 22, 1841

 


SLAVE SALE OF 1859 - Contains 60 slave names

(Collected by Gertha Couric)

   Administrator's Sale

     Under and by virtue of an order from the Probate Court
of Barbour County, Alabama, will be sold on the premises, on the 15th day of
December next, the following personal and real property belonging to the estate
of Thomas Flourney, late of said county, to wit:  Elvia, Clabern, Nancy,
Isabella, Rhody, Charles, Punch, Frank, Dicey, Amanda, Davie, Nancy, Farthey,
George, Robin, Kelly, Antionette, Silas, Mason, Polly, Spencer, Jim, Hannah,
Morris, Mary, Daphney, Pinky, Charlie, Tabitha, Elbert, Kansas, Wesley, Coyley,
John, Jennie, Jordon, Amy, Aaron, Isabella, Mary, John, Cap, Sallie, Stephen,
Bob, Peter, Julia, Ann, Davie, Kizzie, Daniel, Claybern, Tobe, Martha, Sr.
Martha, Jr., Tom, Davy, Jane Marcellus, Hannah, Sarah and Alfred, together with
horses, carriages, buggies, mules, cattle, hogs, sheep, household and kitchen
furniture and plantation, tools of every description.  Also the following
lands to-wit:

Property sold to pay debts, terms made known on day of sale.

R. R. Howard, Administrator

Ellen M. Flourney 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Copied as the original notice was printed in the Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, Alabama.

                         October 20, 1859

 


SLAVE SALE OF 1841 - Will, Tony, Isaac and Sally

(Collected by Mary A. Poole)

     In conformity with the last Will and Testament of Joseph Raby, deceased, and to carry into effect the provisions of said Will, and in conformity with the order of the Orphan's Court of Mobile County granted on the 28th day of October, 1841, I will on Monday, the 8th day of January, 1842, expose to public sale, in front of Court House of Mobile, within the legal hour of sale, all the personal and real estate of said Joseph Raby, as follows, viz: the Negroes, Will, Tony, Isaac, Sally and her three children; Household Furniture; and also a tract of land at Fulton, containing about 48 acres being the residence of the late Joseph Raby.  Terms of sale 6 months credit, with two good securities.

                            Joseph Krebs, Executor

BIBLIOGRAPHY:  Mobile Register and Journal, December 16th, 1841  


Ruby Pickens Tartt - Livingston, Alabama

George Wright Sold His Five Children

A Trustee's Sale of Negroes as advertised in The Republican Pilot, of March 27, 1841, a newspaper printed and published at Gainesville, Alabama at that time, was copied in the Gainesville Dispatch, August 14, 1875.  It is as Follows:

Trustee's Sale

By virtue of a deed in trust made to the undersigned by George P. Write on the 18th of March, A.D. 1840, and recorded on the 10th of April, A.D. 1840 in the office of the clerk of the county court of Sumter County, Alabama, in Book E, folios 232 and 233 for certain purposes there in mention, we will proceed to sell to the highest bidder, for cash on Saturday the 17th of April next, before the Post Office in the town of Gainesville, between the hours of 10:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m. the following described Negroes:

Eber, aged about 25 years, Eli, aged about 28 years, Ezekiel, aged about 23, Enon aged about 18, and Ezra aged about 16 years.

Robert Criswell

G. B. Mobley

March 8th, 1841

The Pilot adds that there was apparently nothing unusual about the sale at that time and in Alabama, but when it is known that George P. Wright was a black free Negro and these Negroes were his five sons, all of whose name begin with E., and that he had a right to sell them under the law, a fine romance might have been made out of it by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Jack Tom, another free Negro in Gainesville, bought several of the boys.  The other got good homes and people in Gainesville who knew of them said they didn't believe they were complained of their changed status.


Gertha Couric - Eufaula

Copied from Eufaula Express - June 28, 1860 - Run Away Slave - Jim.

Twenty-five dollars reward will be given for the apprehension of my negro man, "Jim" who ran away from my place on Sunday morning 24th. inst.  Jim is a very bright mulatto, with very thick sandy hair, had whiskers when he left, inclined to e red, his face is freckled but owing to sunburn that do no show much; he is about five feet six or seven inches high and is a little lame in the right hip, owing to his having been hurt when young.  He is quick spoken, ver intelligent and will probably try to pass himself off as a white man.

He was purchased from the estate of the late Jonathan Davis, and he may endeavor to make his way to Jasper County, Mississippi, where the family of said Davis now reside.  I will pay the above reward for his apprehension and delivery to me or his confinement in any safe jail, so that I can get him.  My address is Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama

Asa Alexander  

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