1799 Jailing: John

Item

Title
1799 Jailing: John
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00498
Source
Runaway pickup notice for John
Henry Drake, "TAKEN UP," New-Jersey State Gazette, December 31, 1799.
Event Description
John, a French-speaking Black boy aged 16, ran away from his enslaver Mr. Reausseau in New York. The exact date of his escape is not known, and it is uncertain how long he was on the run.

On Friday, December 6, 1799, he was captured and jailed in Trenton. Henry Drake, Marshal for the city of Trenton, issued a notice of John's jailing in the Trenton newspaper New-Jersey State Gazette on December 10, 1799. Below is a transcript of the notice as it appeared in the December 31, 1799, issue of the paper:

"TAKEN UP

AND committed to gaol on Friday last, a French Negro Boy, by the name of JOHN, about 16 years of age, five feet 5 inches high, well built; has on a blue cap, mixed colored coat, brown pantaloons and half-boots—Says he is from New-York, and that his master lived near the New-Gaol, by the name of Reausseau, formerly of Jeremie in St. Domingo.—His owner is desired to send for him, pay charges and take him away, within four weeks, or he will be sold to pay charges.

HENRY DRAKE, Marshal.

Trenton, Dec. 10, '99. 41-4w."
Event Type
Violence: Jailing
Date
6 December 1799
Date Certainty
Inferred
Location
Trenton Jail
Related Place
New York, NY
Preceding Event
1799 Freedom seeking: John
Primary Participant
John (b. 1783)
Enslaver
Mr. Reausseau
Additional Participant
Henry Drake
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** John (b. 1783) ***
Role: Captured Person
Age: 16
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Mr. Reausseau
Verbatim description from source:
"French Negro Boy, by the name of JOHN, about 16 years of age, five feet 5 inches high, well built"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Henry Drake
Role: Jailer

Mr. Reausseau
Role: Enslaver
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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