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‘Stoops as She Walks’
Jane Dagnon, Servant Woman

August 11, 1757

The Pennsylvania Gazette

RUN away, the 31st of July last, from the Subscriber, living in Cecil County, [1] near New London, a Servant Woman, named Jane Dagnon, is middle sized, of a swarthy Complexion, has dark brown Hair, splay Feet, [2] stoops as she walks, [3] speaks pretty good English, and came in with Captain Falls last June from Ireland:

Had on and with her, when she went away, an old brown Camblet [4] Gown, old quilted Petticoat, Calicoe Bed Gown, new Check Apron, two Pair of Shoes, one Pair Stockings, blue and white, two coarse Shifts, the Pattern of a Gown of light coloured stuff, striped and checkered.

Whoever takes up and secures said Servant, so as the Owner may have her again, shall have Twenty Shillings Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by JOHN MACKEY.


1. In Northern Maryland

2. Fallen arches

3. The number of stooping escaped servants suggests back injuries sustained at work or during their frequent beatings.

4. A cloth of Asian origin made of camel hair and silk and later made of goat’s hair and silk

America in Chains

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