1792, Sam, Freedom seeking (Resistance)
- 1792, Sam, Freedom seeking (Resistance)
- Event Description
Sam, an 18-year-old Black man, ran away from enslaver James Stevenson of Amwell, Hunterdon County, on April 24, 1792. James Stevenson published a runaway ad offering a reward of $8 for Sam's capture. The ad provided a description of Sam's appearance, scars, and clothing.
The following is a transcript of the ad:
"Eight Dollars Reward.
RAN away from the subscriber the 24th inst. a Negro Boy named Sam, eighteen years of age, five feet six or seven inches high, had on when he went away, a wool hat, sailor coat, waistcoat, and trowsers, all grey linsey, stript linsey shirt, grey stockings, old shoes, a remarkable scar on one of his legs; any person apprehending said negro and securing him so that his master may get him again, shall receive the above reward and all reasonable charges paid by me,
Amwell, Hunterdon County, April 27, 1792."
- Event Type
- Resistance: Freedom seeking
- Action Status
- 24 April 1792
- Amwell, NJ
- Primary Participant
- Sam (b. 1774)
- Primary Participant Description (verbatim)
- Negro Boy
- five feet six or seven inches high
- a remarkable scar on one of his legs
- Young Adult
- Freedom Status
- Enslaver of Primary Event Participant
- James Stevenson (1763-1839)
- Runaway ad for Sam
- Runaway ad for Sam, by James Stevenson. Brunswic Gazette. May 1, 1792.
- Record Contributor
- Jesse Bayker