American Anti-Slavery Society
Newspaper Excerpts Regarding Slaves

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Flagging to Death - A negro, the property of Mr. John Kinner, of Society Hill, S. C., was flogged by his overseer, one Bill Schenck, on the 25th, in such a severa manner, that he died the same evening. Schenck was examined before a justice and discharged.

To the editors of the Constitutionalist:

I have just returned from an inquest I held over the dead body of a negro man, a runaway, that was shot near the South Edisto, in this District (Barnwell) on Saturday morning last. He came to his death by his own recklessness. He refused to be taken alive; and said that other attempts to take him had been made, and he was determined that he would not be taken. When taken, he was nearly naked, had a large dirk or knife, or a heavy club. He was, at first, with small shot, with the intention of merely crippling him. He was shot at several times, and at last he was so disabled as to be compelled to surrender. He kept in the run of a creek in a very dense swamp all the time that the neighbors were in pursuit of him. As soon as the negro was taken, the best medical aid was procured, but he died on the same evening. One of the witnesses at the inquisition state, that the negro boy said that he was from Mississippi, and said his mater's name was Brown. He said his own name was Same; and when asked by another witness who his master was, he muttered something like Augusta or Augustine. The boy was apparently above 35 or 40 years of age, about six fee hit, slightly yellow in the face, very long beard or whiskers, and very stout built, and a stern countenance; and appeared to have been run away a long time.

William H. Pritchard
Coroner, Barnwell Dist., S. C.


Voluntary Death - a colored man, acting as steward on board the Selma, was drowned at New Orleans, about a fortnight since, under the following peculiar circumstances - the negro, it seems, was a runaway slave, who had by some means obtained a set of free papers, and under the character of a freeman had been employed on several boats, but lastly on the Selma. Yesterday, the owner detected him on the boat, and seized hold of him to prevent his escape; but the negro, after a desperate struggle, succeeded in disengaging himself, and running to the wheel house, jumped down into the water, where it is believed he voluntarily drowned himself.

Committed - To the jail of Covington county, on the 26th day of June, 1836, by G. D. Gere, Esq., a negro man, who says his name is Josiah and says he belongs to John Martin, an Irishman living in the state of Louisiana on the west side of the Mississippi river, twenty miles below Natchez. Josiah is five fee eight inches high, heavy built, copper color, his back very much scarred with the whip and branded on the thigh and hips in three or four places, thus (I. M.) or (J. M.) the M. is very plain but the I or J is not plain; the rim of his right ear has been bit or cut off. He is about 31 years of age, had on when committed pantaloons made of bed ricking, cotton coat and an old fur hat very much worn. The owner of the above described negro is requested to comply with the requisitions of the law in such cases made and provided.
J. L. Jolley, Sh'ff, C. C.
Williamsburgh, June 28th, 1836


State of North Carolina
Lenoir County

200 dollars reward - ran away from the subscriber, about three years ago, a certain negro man names Ben, (Commonly known by the name of Ben Fox). He is about 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, chunkey made, yellow complexion, and had but one eye. Also, one other negro by the name of Rigdon, who ran away on the 8th of this month. He is stout made, tall and very black, with large lips.

I will give the reward of one hundred dollars for each of the above negroes, to be delivered to me or confined in the jail of Lenoir or Jones county, or for the killing of them so that I can see them. Masters of vessels and all others are cautioned against harboring, employing or carrying them away, under the penalty of law.
W. D. Cobb, November 12, 1836


The New Orleans Bee - 14 October - the slave who struck some citizens in Canal street, some weeks since has been tried and found guilty, and is sentenced to be hung on the 24th inst.

Murder by a negro - Mr. William Avery, overseer of the plantation of James McConnell in Marshall County, Miss., was murdered by a negro on the 29th of May. Mr. A. was in the act of correcting the negro's wife, when he was knocked down by a bludgeon and beaten to death. Mr. A. was a humane and kind master, and the character of the negro without previous reproach; he is now in Raleigh jail awaiting his certan death.


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