Fifty Dollars Reward [runaway ad for Elisha]

1816-02-08 Fifty Dollars Reward.jpg

Title

Fifty Dollars Reward [runaway ad for Elisha]

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Description

Elisha, a black man, ran away from slaveholder George Farmer on January 27, 1816. Elisha was 21 years old. George Farmer had purchased Elisha on September 9, 1815, from John Tucker of Rahway, while Elisha was in jail. George Farmer offers a reward of $50 for Elisha's return.

George Farmer owned a large estate called Belle Vue, located across the Raritan river, opposite New Brunswick (in present-day Highland Park).

Date

1816-02-08

Language

English

Text (Transcript)

Fifty Dollars Reward.
RAN AWAY from the subscriber on the night of the 27th ult. a negro man named
ELISHA,
purchased on the 9th September of John Tucker, Esq. of Rahway, at that time in jail for stealing—about 21 years of age, 5 feet 9 or 10 inches, pretty black, large eyes, tolerably good looking fellow, rather slender made, very lazy. Had on when he went away light colored fulled linsey coatee, under jacket and trowsers of cloth nearly black, trowsers much worn and patched, mixt grey stockings, odd, one footed with yard of a darker color, old linen shirt, and an old hat. Whoever takes up said negro and delivers him to me shall have the above reward.
George Farmer.
Belle Vue, opposite New Brunswick,
February 1, 1816.

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4

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Citation

Farmer, George, “Fifty Dollars Reward [runaway ad for Elisha],” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed December 3, 2022, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/79.