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‘Since He Served His First Time’
John Curtin, an Indented Servant

May 30, 1771

The Pennsylvania Gazette


RUN away on the 20th of this instant May, an indented servant man, named JOHN CURTIN, born in Ireland, is about 5 feet 8 inches high, well set, full and fair faced, about 23 or 24 years of age;

has served 4 years in Chester county already; is artful in his speech, and has travelled a good deal in the back parts of this province, since he served his first time, also in Maryland and Virginia, [1] and It is supposed he has made that way;

had on, and took with him, a good brown broadcloth coat and jacket, both lined with durant of the same colour, the jacket lappelled, and more worn than the coat, an English castor hat, about half worn, tow trowsers, and new shoes, without stockings.

Whoever takes up said servant, and secures him in any of his Majestygoals, so as his master may have him again, shall have the above reward, and reasonable charges, paid by JOHN RANKIN.


1. His first term served was split under at least two owners, along with his age indicating that he was probably 14-16 years old when sold into the plantations. This seems to be a case of a released servant then selling himself to a new master.

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