Runaway Ad for Charles and Patrick Mahoney, 1798
In 1791, Charles Mahoney, along with his siblings Patrcik and David, filed petitions for their freedom in the General Court of the Western Shore in Annapolis Maryland. They based their petitions for freedom on the claim that they were descended from a free woman named Ann Joice.
For an overview of the 12 years of litigation of Mahoney v. Ashton and documents related to the case visit the O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law & Family website.
Ashton had been a Jesuit priest (the Society was formally suppressed at this time) and was one of the founders of Georgetown.
There are several advertisements for people who had escaped from Ashton at White Marsh in the Maryland State Archives' Legacies of Slavery in Maryland database.
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Sixteen Dollars Reward.
Ran away from the subscriber, living in Prince George’s county, two mulatto fellows called CHARLES and PATRICK MAHONEY; they have been away about three weeks; they pretend they are set free by the verdict of a jury in the last general court, but were ordered by the court to return home till a point of law should be settled relating to their case; this they refuse to do. As they are well known in and about Annapolis and the forest of Prince George’s, where I suspect they must be, I do hereby forewarn all persons from harbouring or employing them, and will give any person EIGHT DOLLARS reward for securing either of them in gaol.
January 8, 1798 3w