Moses and Eliza Taylor run away, March 15, 1842

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Moses and Eliza Taylor run away, March 15, 1842


Fugitive slaves


An advertisement in the American and Commercial Daily Advertiser dated March 15, 1842 reports the escape of Moses Taylor from his owner, James Evans, as well as the escape of Moses's wife Eliza from a Mr. Clarke. Evidence suggests that Eliza had been owned by the Maryland Province Jesuits and lived at the White Marsh plantation, and was the mother of Reverdy, Noble, Edward, and William.

We are grateful to the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland project for providing a copy of this advertisment.


American and Commercial Daily Advertiser, March 15, 1842




Adam Rothman, Christopher Haley







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$100 Reward. - Ranaway from the subscriber living in Anne Arundel County, State of Maryland, on Friday night, the eleventh instant, my negro man, (a slave for life,) named Moses, calls himself MOSES TAYLOR. He is five feet ten or eleven inches high, straight, well made and walks erect, and is about thirty five years old. - had on when he went away a coat and trousers of home made gray kersey cloth, and blue under vest, a pair of long boots nailed, and lately repaired, a pair of home made yarn stockings, a hair-cap, and cotton shirt; took with him a blue cloth coat, black vest, a pair of gray pantaloons and black hat - He is an artful cunning fellow, when spoken too collected, reserved in his answers. It is possible he may have obtained an illegal pass. He has a wife by the name of Eliza, belonging to a Mr. Clarke residing about eight miles from my house, who has also ranaway from her master, and it may be presumed she has, or may have induced him to runaway. All persons are hereby forewarned not to hire or employ the said man Moses, or receive him on board of any steam or other boat at their peril. Whoever takes up said negro man Moses, and secures him in a gaol, so that I get him again, shall receive if taken out of the State one hundred dollars, if in the State fifty dollars, and if in the county twenty five dollars, and all reasonable charges if brought home or secured in a Jail, paid by JAMES EVANS.

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Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, “Moses and Eliza Taylor run away, March 15, 1842,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed July 14, 2024,