Runaways, Ben & Nelly, in Cumberland, 1832
Ran away from the subscriber near Frankfort, Va. on Sunday night the 11th of December, inst. two coloured people :—One a black man named
about 25 years old, 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, handsome in person and very black, talkative and speaks when conversing, Had on when he left roe a pale blue close bodied coat, with one sleeve tore, a wool hat nearly new, mixed grey pantaloons, one pair new socks, and a common pocket knife, new, with a piece broke out the edge near the point, and a pair of new shoes with wooden pegs all over the bottom. Also, a coloured woman, named
about 22 years old, heavy made - rather homely and has a pouched mouth and roughed skin; she is in a forward state of pregnancy; her dress was of plaid linsey, new shoes, and other clothing not recollected. Ran away with black man named Ben. They had between them a white homade blanket nearly new and each two new printed yellow cotton handkerchiefs not hemmed.
I will pay $100 if caught in Pennsylvania, $50 if in Maryland and $30 in Virginia. All reasonable expenses paid if delivered or secured so that I get them again.
Dec. 14, 1831
The Advocate, Cumberland
Slaves, Western Maryland
Western Maryland, 1800-1864