1799 Jailing: Adam Hill, Henry Hall, Isaac Harmone

Item

Title
1799 Jailing: Adam Hill, Henry Hall, Isaac Harmone
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00794
Source
Runaway pickup notice for Adam Hill, Henry Hall, and Isaac Harmone
"In custody in Middlesex gaol, the following Negro men, to wit," Guardian, Or, New-Brunswick Advertiser, January 7, 1800. Loose Newspaper Collection (Ac. 3193). Box 27, Folder 15. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
On December 31, 1799, the keeper of the Middlesex County jail announced that three Black men were being held at the jail as suspected runaways. Their names were Adam Hill, Henry Hall, and Isaac Harmone, and they all hailed from different places. Adam Hill's enslaver was listed as "Wm. Mc. Mutrea" of Philadelphia, most likely referring to the Philadelphia merchant William McMurtrie. The names of the other men's enslavers were not reported. The jailkeeper noted that the three men would be sold if their enslavers did not come to take them away by January 21, 1800.

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Transcript of the source document:

"In custody in Middlesex gaol, the following Negro men, to wit:

ADAM HILL, says he belongs to Wm. Mc. Mutrea of Philadelphia, 21 years old—Henry Hall, about six feet high, supposed to be about 26 years old, and some gentleman’s coach man or waiter, and from his dialect, judged to be from Maryland or Virginia.—Isaac Harmone, five feet six or seven inches high, very black, about 20 years old, says he lived at the Head of Elk, State of Delaware.

The owners of the above negroes are requested to pay charges and take them away before the 21st of January ensuing, or they shall on that day be sold to defray expense and goal fees, at the city of New-Brunswick, and State of New-Jersey.

December 31, 1799. 10-3"
Event Type
Violence: Jailing
Date
31 December 1799
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Adam Hill (b. 1778) ***
Role: Jailed Person
Age: 21
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- William McMurtrie (1740-1807)
Verbatim description from source:
"Negro man; ADAM HILL, says he belongs to Wm. Mc. Mutrea of Philadelphia, 21 years old"

*** Henry Hall (b. 1773) ***
Role: Jailed Person
Age: 26
Status: Enslaved
Verbatim description from source:
"Negro man; Henry Hall, about six feet high, supposed to be about 26 years old, and some gentleman’s coach man or waiter, and from his dialect, judged to be from Maryland or Virginia"

*** Isaac Harmone (b. 1779) ***
Role: Jailed Person
Age: 20
Status: Enslaved
Verbatim description from source:
"Negro man; Isaac Harmone, five feet six or seven inches high, very black, about 20 years old, says he lived at the Head of Elk, State of Delaware"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

William McMurtrie (1740-1807)
Role: Enslaver (reported enslaver of Adam Hill)
Record Contributor
Kate Jackson

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