Thirty Dollars Reward [runaway ad for Tom]

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Thirty Dollars Reward [runaway ad for Tom]


Tom, a black man, ran away from slaveholder William Throckmorton in South Amboy on August 25, 1799. Tom is about 25 years old. His master offers a reward of 30 dollars for Tom's return and notes that Tom was seen on the road to Trenton, possibly on his way to Pennsylvania.

This notice was first published in the Newark newspaper New Jersey State Gazette in August. As of December 10, 1799, the newspaper was still running the notice. This was 4 months after Tom's escape.





Text (Transcript)

Thirty Dollars Reward.
RUNAWAY from the subscriber on Sunday 25th inst. Living in Spotswood, South-Amboy township, county of Middlesex, state of New-Jersey, a Negro Man named TOM, 25 or 26 years old; five feet six or seven inches high, dark complexion, thick lips, bushy hair, which he sometimes wears tied and his ear lock platted, had on, when he went away, a long striped nankeen coat, tow trousers and castor hat. Whoever will take up the said Negro, and secure him in any gaol or deliver him to his master, shall receive the above reward, with reasonable charges paid by
N. B. It is supposed he has gone into Pennsylvania, as he was seen on the road to Trenton.
August 28, 1799.

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Throckmorton, William, “Thirty Dollars Reward [runaway ad for Tom],” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed July 15, 2024,