1782 Freedom seeking: Jack

Item

Title
1782 Freedom seeking: Jack
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00790
Source
Runaway ad for Jack
James Parker Sr., Runaway ad for Jack, New-Jersey Gazette, March 13, 1782.
Event Description
On March 9, 1782, James Parker wrote a letter to be advertised in the New Jersey Gazette noting that Jack, an enslaved man about thirty-five years old, had run away from Parker. Parker offered three pounds to anyone who could bring Jack back to him.

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Transcript of the source document:

"Run Away a Negro Man named Jack, about thirty-five years old, straight and well-limbed and about five feet ten inches high, very white even teeth, has holes in his ears understands the coopers trade and can talk French; had on a striped woolen shirt, a clothcolored jacket and waistcoat much worn and patched, a pair of buckskin breeches almost new and stained in the seat by riding bareback, grey stockings and shoes newly soaled took with him a homespun coat, buttons covered with same and lined with blue, a jacket and breeches of homespun dimity a white linen shirt and pair of new shoes. Whoever apprehends the said Negro and delivers him to the subscriber or secures him in any gaol so that he may be had again, shall be paid three Pounds and reasonable charges by James Parker. Pitts Down, Hunterdon County, March 9, 1782."
Event Type
Resistance: Freedom seeking
Date
March 1782
Date Certainty
Approximate
Location
Pittstown, NJ
Primary Participant
Jack (b. 1747)
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Jack (b. 1747) ***
Role: Runaway
Age: 35
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- James Parker Sr. (1725-1797)
Verbatim description from source:
"Negro Man named Jack, about thirty-five years old, straight and well-limbed and about five feet ten inches high, very white even teeth, has holes in his ears understands the coppers trade and can talk French"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

James Parker Sr. (1725-1797)
Role: Enslaver - Advertiser
Record Contributor
Kate Jackson

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