1793 Freedom seeking: Stephen

Item

Title
1793 Freedom seeking: Stephen
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00490
Source
Runaway ad for Stephen
Richard Wescoat, "SIXTEEN DOLLARS REWARD," New-Jersey State Gazette, May 22, 1793.
Event Description
Stephen, aged 20, ran away from his enslaver Richard Wescoat at Great Egg-Harbour on or about Sunday, May 19, 1793. The enslaver published a runaway notice for Stephen offering a reward of 16 dollars for his capture, describing him as a "Mulatto Slave," and noting that Stephen broke into a trunk and took some bank notes and coins before he left.

The following is the complete transcript of the runaway advertisement published by Richard Wescoat in the newspaper New-Jersey State Gazette on May 22, 1793:

"SIXTEEN DOLLARS REWARD.

RAN away from the subscriber, living at Great Egg-Harbour, Gloucester county on Sunday night last, a Mulatto Slave, about twenty years of age; had on when he went away a white shirt, new ticklenburgh trousers, blue sailor۪s jacket, wool hat, shoes with plated buckles; he is very much pitted with small-pox, a short chunky fellow, of a sour countenance, and goes by the name of Stephen. He broke open a trunk and stole two ten dollar Bank Notes, five Spanish milled dollars, and some small pieces of silver. Whoever takes up the said slave, and brings him back to his master, or secures him in any gaol so that he may be got again, shall leave the above reward and all resonable charges.

RICHARD WESCOAT

May 20, 1793. 37 3w"
Event Type
Resistance: Freedom seeking
Date
19 May 1793
Date Certainty
Approximate
Primary Participant
Stephen (b. 1773)
Enslaver
Richard Wescoat
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Stephen (b. 1773) ***
Role: Runaway
Age: 20
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Richard Wescoat
Verbatim description from source:
"Mulatto Slave, about twenty years of age; he is very much pitted with small-pox, a short chunky fellow, of a sour countenance, and goes by the name of Stephen"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Richard Wescoat
Role: Enslaver - Advertiser
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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