1792 Freedom seeking: Sam

Item

Title
1792 Freedom seeking: Sam
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00173
Source
Runaway ad for Sam
James Stevenson, "Eight Dollars Reward," Brunswic Gazette, May 1, 1792. Loose Newspaper Collection (Ac. 3193). Box 27, Folder 5. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
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,
JAMES STEVENSON.
Amwell, Hunterdon County, April 27, 1792."
Event Type
Resistance: Freedom seeking
Date
24 April 1792
Location
Amwell, NJ
Primary Participant
Sam (b. 1774)
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Sam (b. 1774) ***
Role: Runaway
Age: 18
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- James Stevenson (1763-1839)
Verbatim description from source:
"Negro Boy named Sam, eighteen years of age, five feet six or seven inches high; a remarkable scar on one of his legs"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

James Stevenson (1763-1839)
Role: Enslaver - Advertiser
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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Participant Details: Sam as Runaway in 1792 Freedom seeking event NJS-EVE-00173 Event Participation