Friday, May 10, 2013

Blue-eyed Slave Runs Away from Plantation in the Vicinity of Upper Marlboro - May 10 1814


               Asconded [sic] from the subscriber, the latter part of March, Negro Frederick, sometimes calls himself Frederick Hall, a bright Mulatto, 21 years old, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, strait and well made, with a short chub nose, blue eyes and freckled. - His clothing was home spun cotton shirts, his jacket and pantaloons of cotton and yarn, twilled.  Since his elopement, he hired himself to Mr. Long, in Washington, as a waiter, where he stayed but a few days.  It is likely he may still be in the City of Georgetown, or he may have gone to Alexandria or Baltimore[1], in the latter place he has an acquaintance, sold about 2 years since to the Hon. Mr. Williams[2], a senator of Maryland.  The above reward will be paid for apprehending and committing him to jail
                                                                           BENJAMIN ODEN.[3]
               April 25-tf.[4]

Bellefields, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Md Historical Trust

[1]  If he was able to get to Baltimore the most traveled route from Washington was through Bladensburg.
[2] perhaps refers to Nathaniel F. Williams:  Born March 14, 1782, in Roxbury Massachusetts. Some of Susanna and Joseph Williams. Graduated from Harvard College, 1801. Read law in Boston and Annapolis. Married Caroline Barney, daughter of Anne and Commodore Joshua Barney, 1809. Married Maria Pickett Dalrymple, 1829. At least four children. Unitarian. Died in Baltimore, on September 10, 1864. Attorney. Maryland Senate, Western Shore, 1811-1816. Private, Baltimore Fencibles, War of 1812; wounded at the Battle of North Point, 1814. Acting Attorney General of Maryland during illness of Luther Martin, 1820-1822. United States Attorney, District of Maryland, 1824-1841. Executive Council, 1835-1837. Maryland Senate, Baltimore City, 1853. Trustee, University of Maryland, 1826. Noted for his support of theaters in Baltimore. Archives of Maryland , (Biographical Series).

[3] Benjamin Oden (1762-1836) began operations in Prince Georges County as a business agent for Stephen West, Jr. (1727-1790), eventually marrying two of West's daughters and acquiring substantial lands in his own right. The home plantation, Bellefields, and a store Oden owned were in Upper Marlborough, Prince Georges County. Earliest papers show the conditions of Anglo-American trade, and subsequent materials concern land sales and acquisitions; tobacco sales and cultivation; slaves and slave management; banking; and family matters. Oden Papers, 1755-1836, Maryland Historical Society.

[4] Daily National Intelligencer; Date: 05-10-1814; Volume: II; Issue: 422; Page: [4]; Location: Washington (DC), District of Columbia.
Transcribed by John Peter Thompson, May 10th, 2013.

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