1786 Transfer: Cato

Item

Title
1786 Transfer: Cato
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00494
Source
Runaway ad for Cato
William M'Kissick, "THREE POUNDS REWARD," Arnett's New-Jersey Federalist, July 3, 1794. Loose Newspaper Collection (Ac. 3193). Box 27, Folder 4. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
A runaway ad for Cato, published in 1794 by enslaver William M'Kissick of Pluckemin, Somerset County, noted that Cato "formerly belonged to the late Col. Philip Van-Horne, near Middle-Brook." Thus we can infer that Cato was sold or otherwise transferred from Philip Van Horne (or from Van Horne's estate after his death in 1786) to William M'Kissick. The date of this event is approximate, and the sale or transfer may have occurred sometime before or after 1786.
Event Type
Freedom status transaction: Transfer
Date
1786
Date Certainty
Approximate
Primary Participant
Cato (b. 1761)
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Cato (b. 1761) ***
Role: Transferred Person
Age category: Adult
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Philip Van Horne (1719-1786)
- William M'Kissick
Verbatim description from source:
"NEGRO MAN named CATO, 33 years of age, about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high, squints much and is very near sighted"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Philip Van Horne (1719-1786)
Role: Enslaver - Original or Previous

William M'Kissick
Role: Enslaver - New or Subsequent
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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Participant Details: Cato as Transferred Person in 1786 Transfer event NJS-EVE-00494 Event Participation