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Owned by Alexander Wells of Baltimore
Runaway White Slaves: April 1761 to June 1763

Anderson, John, stole goods and money, 16 Apr. 1761

Gossitt, Mary, stole clothes [1], 16 Apr. 1761

Park, James, 23 Apr. 1761

Macgilly, Thomas, 28 May 1761

Macgilly, Mrs. [wife of slave Thomas], 28 May 1761

Burrows, John, 11 June 1761

Dixon, Mary, 2 July 1761

Williams, William, 16 July 1761

Williams, Thomas, 16 July 1761

Earley, Margaret MG, 30 July 1761

Mace, John, 11 Mar. 1762

Mobs, Philip, stole a horse, 15 Apr. 1762

Scott, Jacob, 22 Apr. 1762

Taubert, William Augustus, stole money and a horse, 8 July 1762

Milborn, John from Occaquan Iron Works, [2] Virginia, 16 Sept. 1762

Edwards, Tise, 16 Sept. 1762

Jones, James, about 17 years old, 16 Sept. 1762

Brookes, William, 21 Oct. 1762

Payne, John als. Cowley als. Monday als. Weaver, 21 Oct. 1762

Wickonton, David, a hired man, [3] 4 Nov. 1762

Murdo, William, apprentice, [4], stole a horse, 4 Nov. 1762

Downy, Samuel, 9 Dec. 1762

Wickenden, David, 6 Jan. 1763

Henry, Jonathon, 20 Jan. 1763

Kellock, Mary, 3 Feb. 1763

Clark, Richard, apprentice [4], 10 Mar. 1763

Collins, John als. Thomas Lockier, owned by Josias Slade of Baltimore, 26 May 1763

Daley, John, 2 June 1763

Wickenden, David, owned by Alexander Wells of Baltimore, wears an iron collar, [5] 16 June 1763


1. Escaped white, female slaves habitually took two to three changes of clothes with them, all such clothes belonging to the master, for slaves did not own the clothes they wore and were often barefoot. To runaway shooed and clothed was to be a thief as well.

2. These iron works, a hellish place to be enslaved, were founded and operated by a Quaker, Quakers and other such "peaceful" congregationalists being the largest owners of white slaves in 18th century English America.

3. If a hired man ran away, he was still in breech of contract and then might be recaptured and sold to pay off the remainder of his contract, service owed rendered into a sale price.

4. An apprentice was treated no different than a transport, a convict, a redemptioner, an indenture, or a negro and had no rights other than to have his beatings limited to 30 lashes.

5. People fitted with iron collars were generally so treated for being chronic runaways.

So Her Master May Have Her Again

A History of Runaway White Slaves in Plantation America: Part Two

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