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From Carolina Watchman, January 7, 1837

$20 reward

RANAWAY from the subscriber on 19th of November, a negro man, named TIM about 45 years of age, black complexion, about five feet four or five inches high, has a stoppage in his speech. He professes to be a very devout Baptist. Having purchased him in Montgomery county, not far from Stokes' Ferry, my opinion is, that he is in that neighborhood. I will give the above reward for his apprehension and delivery to meSince accurate information would be most likely to lead to the return of a runaway slave, we can safely assume that the slave holders placing these advertisements were as truthful and accurate as possible in providing physical descriptions of runaway slaves and details about their appearance and suspected whereabouts. From this advertisement, we learn that Tim was about 45 years old, about 5'4" or 5'5", that he has a dark complexion, and has some sort of speech impediment. We also learn that he was purchased in Montgomery County near Stokes Ferry and that he said that he was of the Baptist faith..


Concord, Dec 17, 1836 -- 4w22

State of North Carolina, Surry County

Court of Please and Quarter Sessions, Novem-
ber Term, 1836

William Davis, Adm'r & Ex'r Expartae
Pursuant to an order of Court, the subscriber will expose to public sale, at Mount Airy, Surry Co. on the 6th day of January next, on a credit of six months,
Consisting of a likely fellow,
two women, and nine well
grown children
The purchasers will be required to give bond with approved security
We know that the man handling the estate of James McCraw and Matthew Davis is, in response to a court order, offering twelve enslaved people at public sale. The slaves include one man, two women, and nine "well grown" children and "purchases were be required to give bond with approved security" or, in other words, demonstrate their ability to pay for their purchase..

WM. DAVIS Admir of James McCraw, dec's, and Ex'tor of Matthew Davis, deceased

December 17 -- 3w 22

$50 reward

RANAWAY from the subscriber two negro slaves, viz TONEY and JOHN. Toney is about 35 years of age, fife feet nine or ten inches high, dark complexion, square and stout build and had on when he left, a bright drab Petersham overcoat. He was purchased by me of Mr. Richard Brasley (sp?) of Wilmington, and calls himself Toney Montague. John is about twenty years of age, of rather lighter complexion than Toney, about five feet 10 inches high, and is quite stout b____ -- he has a full round face, and has lost two front teeth above and below which is his most distinguishing mark. He had on when he left, a light grey woolen round Jacket and pantaloons.

The above slaves left the camp of the subscriber while on his way to the Western country, eight miles above Lincolnton, on 28t of last month, and will no doubt endeavor to make their way back to Wilmington. The above reward will be given for their apprehension, so that I get them againFrom this advertisement, we learn that Toney and John were purchased from Mr. Richard Brasley of Wilmington. Tony is about thirty-five years old. 5'9" to 5'10", with a dark complexion and stout build. We also know that he was wearing a bright drab Petersham overcoat. We know that John is younger than Toney, about 20 years old, and about the same height. He has a lighter complexion than Toney, a stout build, and a full round face. We know that he is missing two teeth and that he was wearing a gray jacket and pantaloons when he left. We know that the men were last seen at the end of the November when they left James Moore's camp near Lincolnton. We also know that Moore is offering a $50 reward for their apprehension..


Dec 10, 1836 -- __21

Cash for negroes

THE Subscriber will purchase any number of likely young NEGROES during the next six months, for which liberal prices in cash will be given.

I wish all letters on business, addressed to me at Germanton, Stokes CountyWe know, from this advertisement, that Glen will pay cash for any number of young African American slaves. We also know that Glen is in Germantown in Stokes County..


July 18, 1836 -- __52


IN pursuance of an order of the Cabarrus County Court, made at October Sessions 1836, I will sell at the Courthouse door in Concord, on the 3d Monday in February next a Negro Boy named NATHAN, the property of W.P. Stackton, dec'd, for cashWe know that the Cabarrus County Court has ordered the sale of a boy named Nathan who was the property of W.P. Stackton who is now deceased. The sheriff of Cabarrus County, W. H. Archibald, will be handling the sale at the courthouse door in Concord on Monday, February 3, 1837..

W.H. ARCHIBALD, Shff. Of Cabarrus County N.C.

Dec 3 1836 -- tf20

Stop the Runaway.

RANAWAY from the subscriber living near Liberty Hill, in Iredell county, N.C., a negro man named PETER,

Formerly owned by James Cunningham. He is between forty and fifty years old; of a yellowish complexion -- round face and small eyes. He is marked with a scar in one of his ears, which has not grown together; also with a scar on the underside of his heel; which has not _______; he has also a small scar on one of his cheeks and is about five feet, five or six inches in heightWe know that Hugh Cunningham lives near Liberty Hill in Iredell County and that a slave, formerly owned by James Cunningham, ran away from him in June of 1836. We learn that Peter is 40-50 years old and we learn a bit about his appearance -- that he is about 5'5" or 5'6", he has a yellowish complexion, a round face, small eyes, a scar in one of his ears, another scar on his heel, and another scar on one cheek..

Any one taking up this negro and lodging him in jail or delivering him to me, shall be reasonably compensated.



Liberty Hill, Iredell co. N. C.

June 11th, 1836 -- __47