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‘Was a Soldier in the Regulars’
A Runaway Hard Case on Old Maryland’s Waterfront

May 13, 1762

The Pennsylvania Gazette


Newtown, on Chester River, Kent County, Maryland. May 3, 1762. RUN AWAY from the Subscriber, living in Kent County, Maryland, A Servant Man, named Thomas Connor, a Shoemaker by Trade, and is an Irishman, born in the West of Ireland, is about 50 Years of Age, has a large cut in his right Cheek, which he says he got when he was a Soldier in the Regulars last War; [1] he has been in Germany, and talks much of it, and his been in the Provincial Service this War, [2] and has forged Beating orders [3] with him; he is very remarkable by the Shaking of his Head, which he cannot help, and says it was occasioned by a Ball:[4]

Had on, and took with him, when he went away, A brown Broadcloth Coat, with Whitemetal Buttons, white Flannel Jacket, black Everlasting Breeches, with Plaid Garters tying them at the Knees, white ribbed Stockings, good Shoes, with Steel Buckles, wears his own Hair, which is grey. He likewise took some Cash from me and some other of the Neighbours.

Whoever takes up and secures said Servant in any Goal between this Place and New York or Old York, or any Part of Virginia, and sends Word to me the Subscriber, so as I may get him again, shall receive Two Pistoles Reward; and if brought Home reasonable Charges, paid by me ALEXANDER McINTOSH.

N.B. All Masters of Vessels are forbid to carry off said Servant at their Peril.


1. The War of Austrian Succession, 1740–1748

2. The Seven Years War, 1754 to 1763

3. ?

4. He was shot by a musket ball.

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mFebruary 23, 2017 9:12 PM UTC

Beating Orders In the raising of a regiment in a friendly area, recruits were to be drawn to recruiting parties by beat of drum. Beating Orders were the equivalent of a warrant, commanding an officer to raise recruits and specifying by what means.