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15 runaways, 1846

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Runaway Negroes.

On Saturday night last, fifteen slaves, men and women belonging to Messrs Dall, Reichard, the Messrs Clagetts, and Dr. Rench, of Washington county, absconded from their homes, The Hagerstown Herald says:

They passed through Hagerstown about 10 o’clock in the night, on their way to Chambersburg, mounted upon horses with which they had provided themselves. We understood that nine of the fifteen runaways were arrested and secured in the neighborhood of Chambersburg—the other six are still at large.

We have just been informed that that far famed colored Clergyman, the Rev. Billy Bevans, has, like an unkind shepherd, abandoned his numerous flock for the dear boon, Liberty, taking his leave for “parts unknown” on Saturday night.


American Republican and Baltimore daily clipper

Chronicling America


Collection Location:
Chronicling America, Library of Congress

Slaves and Free Blacks, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

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

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