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Negroes drowned, 1847

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Runaway Negroes.

We have been informed that a batch of 6 or 8 slaves belonging to Mr. Elias Cheney, of Funkstown, has been missing since Sunday last, and are supposed to have decamped for the good old Democratic Land of Penn. In reference to runaway negroes, we find the following melancholy item of information in the last Williamsport Times:
“Last week we stated that a negro man had been drowned, some distance below Dam No. 6, and yesterday, (Friday,) another negro man was found drowned, near "Duck Island," about 1 ½ miles above town.

It is now supposed that some 3 or 4 negroes who ran away from their masters in Virginia, about 4 weeks since and who attempted to cross over the river in a skiff, a short distance above the Dam, were drawn over and drowned. There is little doubt but that this has been the fate of the whole of them.


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Slaves, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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