Title: Letter of Alexander Semple to McFernan, December 16, 1786
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Title: Letter of Alexander Semple to McFernan, December 16, 1786
Series Title: Spanish Colonial St. Augustine.
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Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Florida   ( lcsh )
Colonies -- Spain -- America
Temporal Coverage: Spanish Colonial Period ( 1594 - 1920 )
Colonial Period ( 1594 - 1920 )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns County -- Saint Augustine -- Historic city
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Runaway Slave Notices

Letter of Alexander Semple to McFernan, December 16, 1786
[East Florida Papers, Correspondence to and from the United States, 1784-1821]

Description of four negroes that eloped from the possession of Lieutenant Colonel Jacob
Weed on the morning of Sunday the 3rd at Point Peter [Georgia].
Prince: a negro fellow about 6 feet high, strong built and brawny, a carpenter by trade, 30
years of age and upwards, has a large mouth and is talkative. He ran away from Colonel
Young, the commander of the late Governor Tonyn's Troop of Horse, in June or July 1785.
He was plundered from his proprietor, Mr. Witten of South Carolina, during the late war by the
Judy: his wife, about the same age, country-born, about 5 feet and 8 inches high, a smart
active wench, formerly the property of Mr. Kenly of South Carolina. She ran away from
Colonel Young with her husband as above being under the same predicament.
Glasgow: her son, about 8 years of age, a well-looked boy of an open countenance and
obliging disposition.
Polly: her daughter, about 6 years old, lively eyes and gently pitted with the smallpox.

James Cashen [Magistrate, Amelia Island, East Florida]


Colonel Weed having gone to Augusta a few days ago to attend the Assembly
of this State makes me trouble you with the annexed description of the negroes
that lately ran away from him. He always conjectured them having gone for
South Carolina but from late intelligence I am given to understand that they
have been seen on the St. Johns River. Will you be so obliging as to interest
yourself in their recovery. I am sorry his absence prevents him from making a
personal application in this matter, but am confident at the same time it will not
retard your application in his favor, so far as the nature of this business will
permit or your friendship direct.

Mr. Witten, the owner of Prince, had lately sent a power [of attorney] to have
him sent to South Carolina, and Colonel Weed is on terms with Mr. Kenly for the
wench and children and has made him such offers as he is convinced will be

It is supposed that Prince has carried them off with him to Florida to avoid a
separation from his family, to which he is very much attached.

I am, sir, with respect, your obedient servant,

Alexander Semple,
Point Peter, 16 Dec. 1786"

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From the Georgia Gazette, Savannah, Georgia, November 6, 1788

"Ran away from the subscriber last Sunday night a short and remarkable
well made NEGRO FELLOW named WILKES, of a black complexion,
about 25 years old, speaks quick and stammers a little when frightened.
Born in Africa but being bought when a boy speaks as well as the country
born usually do; he is very artful, and may change his name and endeavor
to go to the upper counties or St. Augustine; he took all his clothes with
him, consisting of one old blue coat, one white negro cloth coat faced with
brown, also old, one pair of white negro cloth breeches, blanket, and
sundry other things.

"Also RAN AWAY last January, a stoat likely young NEGRO WENCH
named GRACE, country born, of a yellowish complexion, about 22 years
old, is supposed to be harbored about Mr. Elliott's plantation on Great
Ogechee, as she was taken up there last summer by the overseer, and
made her escape by the connivance of the negro that was ordered to bring
her home.

"Twenty dollars specie will be paid for the delivery of either of the above
to the Warden of the Workhouse in Savannah. James Cochran."

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From the Georgia Gazette, Savannah, Georgia, September 23, 1790

Slaves did not only run away into Florida but also out of it. Here, a slave from the
New Switzerland Plantation on the St. Johns River in northern Florida has been
captured in Georgia.

"Came to my plantation, about the 1st of April last, a NEGRO FELLOW,
about 40 years old, of a black complexion, about five feet six or seven
inches high, has a halt in his walk, says he is of the Guinea country, that
his name is JOHN, and that he belongs to Mr. Fatio, on St. Johns. The
owner may have him by applying to the subscriber, six miles west of
Waynesborough, and paying charges. John Morrison"

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Al C AME to my plantation,
About the flt of April lafl, A NE-
GRO Fk LLOW, about 40 years old, of
a bl,1ck comiplexion, about five feet fix or
Ir even inches hig has a halt in his walk,
fay, he is of the Guinea country, that his
S i ame i JOHN. and that he belongs to
S Mr. Fatio, on St. John's. The owner
may have him by applying to the fubfcrber, fix miles
well of Way.cfbJrough, and raving charges.

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From the Georgia Gazette, Savannah, Georgia, June 23, 1793

"Twenty Dollars Reward. Ran away on the 15th of last month, a NEGRO
CARPENTER, named SAMPSON, about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high,
young, likely, and well made, stutters a little sometimes in speaking; he
has for some time past been working at his trade in this city; he can dress
hair and shave, waited on the subscriber in St. Augustine, Philadelphia,
and Charleston, some years ago, but was then not grown up; he ran away
from Charleston in 1786 and was taken up and lodged in the gaol of
Georgetown; he may attempt to go to one of those places. Masters of
vessels are cautioned not to take him off. Whoever will apprehend and
deliver the said Negro man to the subscriber, or secure him in the gaol of
Charleston in South Carolina, shall receive the above reward. Savannah,
May 8, 1793. N.W. Jones.
N.B. If he returns of himself soon he shall be forgiven."

twenty Dollars Reward.
R AN AWA Y, on the qth of lrI month,
About 5 feet to or it inches high, young,
likely, ind well trJe, fluters a litr!t frme--
times in speaking i he his fir f.me time pAf
teen working at his trade in this city ; he can
drefs hair and thla', wailed on the fubfcribbr
i in Sr. Au'uftin;'. PJhiadmlI, and Charirf.
tf.n, ome ears ago, but wa; thIn i r growa t, ( -b ran away
from ChurlePfln in the year v7S6, and was t:ken up and lodrJd
La tile gaol of Geitretown; he may attempt rt go to one of
thole c aes. Marters of ieffels ire.ctationed 'rnt to rtak himn
off. Whorver will apprehend at delierr hre faid Negr., min to
t,e fubfcriber, or fecure hir in the g fI of Charlcln in South
Caro;ra, Ahall receive the above reward.
Sennnab. Ma~y 8, 1.93. N. W JONES.
N. B. Ifbe return of himffel foon be bal! be forgfien.
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