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Kenton Co. Slaves--Escape to Michigan 1847

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Kenton Co. Slaves--Escape to Michigan 1847

Posted: 1070991430000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1110282199000
Surnames: Sanford, Timberlake

I am researching a fugitive slave case involving the escape of 18 slaves from several different slave owners in Kenton Co, KY on 24 Apr 1847. It appears that many, if not all, of the 18 made it to Cass County, Michigan which had a large community of free black people and white abolitionist Quakers.

The KY slave owners pursued the fugitive slaves and captured several people in August 1847 in what is known in Michigan as "The Kentucky Raid." Since the raid was unsuccessful--having been thwarted by the community and the fugitives escaping again to Battle Creek and most on to Canada--the same event in known in Kentucky as the "Cassopolis Outrage" or the "Cass Co. Outrage."

The slave owners ran an ad in a Kenton Co newspaper on 26 April 1847, the text of which I will reproduce below. Am tracing the former slave families as well as learning more about the slave owners. Would like to exchange information with others researching the following people--

Kenton Co April 26 1847
$3,125 REWARD
Runaway from the subscribers on Saturday night 24, Apr 1847
from the county of Kenton and State of Kentucky. The names and descriptions are as follows:

A Negro man named WESLY, aged about 22 years, black, about 6 feet high, weighs about 175 or 180 pounds, and is the property of James Cleveland.

One named LEWIS, calls himself Lewis Gardner, copper color, aged about 26 years, weighs aboaut 165 pounds, about 5 feet 10 1-2 inches high, quick spoken, pleasant countenance and belongs to Charles W. Scott.

Two men slaves, named ROBIN & ALLEN; Robin age about 23 years, about 6 feet and 1 inch hgih, weighs about 170 pounds, tall and slender, talks fast and stammers, of dark color. Allen is about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high, weighs about 170 pounds, age about 24 years, stammers some in speaking, rather light color. The property of Washington Cleveland.

Six slaves, the property of Alexander P. Sanford; three women, one child, and two men: one woman named RACHEL, age about 65 or 70 years, very black, of ordinary size. DINAH, age aboaut 24 years, black and large size. BETSY, about 22 years old, dark color with a girl child about 9months old, said Negro woman Betsy is pregnant. NELSON, a large, stout man about 27 years old, weighs about 175 pounds, six feet high, crosseyed. REUBEN, very black, age about 23 years; about 6 feet high, weighs about 175 pounds; all of them are full blooded Negroes, no white blood in them.

Three slaves, the property of Thomas B. Lindsay; NANCY, age about 36 or 38 years, copper colored; common size. PETER, age about 7 or 8 years, yellow complexion. ANNY age 3 or 4 years, yellow. Peter and Anny are children of Nancy's.

Five slaves, the property of Thornton Timberlake, JONATHAN, age about 45 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches high, weighs about 160 pounds, a full negro but not very black, inclined to be polite or plausible. NANCY, age about 35 years, black and slender, not very healthy, hysterical. MARY, very black, sway backed, common size, age 16 years. ROBERT sprightly, black, active, age about 14 or 15 years. GABRIEL, a yellow boy age about 19 years, polite and docile, about 5 feet 6 inches high, weighs about 150 pounds.

Have more information on the eighteen people involved--who went by the following surnames: Eubank/Hubanks, Merriman, Gardner/Casey, Sandford/Sanford, Stephenson/Stevens,. They and others who escaped from neighboring Boone Co from slave owners Stephens, Graves and others made it to Cass County, Michigan; Calhoun County, Michigan, and Essex County, Ontario.

Please contact me if you are researching any of the people above.

Thank you,
Debian Marty

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