Runaway Ad for Isaac and Moses from White Marsh, 1803

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Title

Runaway Ad for Isaac and Moses from White Marsh, 1803

Subject

Slaves; Fugitive slaves; Advertisements; Jesuits--History--19th century

Description

This set of advertisements in the Maryland Gazette illustrates Rev. John Ashton's attempts to capture Isaac and Moses from White Marsh after he was released from his duties as plantation manager in 1801. 

In response to Ashton's advertisement from January 23, 1803, the Rev. Germain Barnabas Bitouzey, a secular priest,  submitted his own advertisement in The Maryland Gazette. As the new manager of the White Marsh estate he warned individuals "from any way troubling or arresting" Isaac and Moses in response to Ashton's past advertisement.

Bitouzey describes Isaac and Moses as "being and having been from their infancy, a part of the property belonging to the estate commonly called the White Marsh, Prince-Georges county."

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.

Creator

Maryland State Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1803-01-23

Contributor

Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Newspaper Advertisement

Identifier

GSA422

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Text

Forty Dollars Reward, or Twenty for each.

I PROMISE to give the above reward to any person that will deliver to me two runaways, ISAAC, a carpenter, about 57 years old, and MOSES, a lad, about 15 years old’ or ten dollars each, if committed to Upper-Marlborough gaol. I live near Port Tobacco, in Charles county.

JOHN ASHTON.

All persons are forewarned from harbouring the negroes.

January 23, 1803.

 

The two negroes described in the above advertisement, being and having been from their infancy, a part of the property belonging to the estate commonly called the White Marsh, Prince-Georges county, and actually in the possession of the subscriber, who holds the said estate. He therefore forewarns any person or persons from any way troubling or arresting the said negroes belonging to him, under pretence of their being advertised, as the law will be put in force against the offender.

 

G.B. BITOUZEY.

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Citation

Maryland State Archives , “Runaway Ad for Isaac and Moses from White Marsh, 1803,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed November 30, 2020, https://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/449.