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From Carolina Watchman, January 7, 1837

$20 reward

RANAWAY from the subscriber on 19th of November, a negro man, named TIM about 45 years of age, black complexion, about five feet four or five inches high, has a stoppage in his speech. He professes to be a very devout Baptist. Having purchased him in Montgomery county, not far from Stokes' Ferry, my opinion is, that he is in that neighborhood. I will give the above reward for his apprehension and delivery to me.

HENRY S. GORMAN.Since Gorman advertised that a "a negro man" whom he purchased ran away from him, we know that Gorman was a slave holder.

Concord, Dec 17, 1836 -- 4w22

State of North Carolina, Surry County

Court of Please and Quarter Sessions, Novem- ber Term, 1836 William Davis, Adm'r & Ex'r Expartae Pursuant to an order of Court, the subscriber will expose to public sale, at Mount Airy, Surry Co. on the 6th day of January next, on a credit of six months, TWELVE LIKELY Negroes, Consisting of a likely fellow, two women, and nine well grown children The purchasers will be required to give bond with approved security.

WM. DAVIS Admir of James
McCraw, dec's, and Ex'tor of
Matthew Davis, deceased
Mr. Davis appears to be handling the estates of James McGraw and Matthew Davis. Since the ad deals with the public sale of "twelve likely Negroes" related to these estates, we can assume that the slaves were owned by the deceased and are now being sold, perhaps to settle their debts or to create a cash income for those who stood to inherit monies from Mr. McCraw and Mr. M. Davis.

December 17 -- 3w 22

$50 reward

RANAWAY from the subscriber two negro slaves, viz TONEY and JOHN. Toney is about 35 years of age, fife feet nine or ten inches high, dark complexion, square and stout build and had on when he left, a bright drab Petersham overcoat. He was purchased by me of Mr. Richard Brasley (sp?) of Wilmington, and calls himself Toney Montague. John is about twenty years of age, of rather lighter complexion than Toney, about five feet 10 inches high, and is quite stout b____ -- he has a full round face, and has lost two front teeth above and below which is his most distinguishing mark. He had on when he left, a light grey woolen round Jacket and pantaloons.

The above slaves left the camp of the subscriber while on his way to the Western country, eight miles above Lincolnton, on 28t of last month, and will no doubt endeavor to make their way back to Wilmington. The above reward will be given for their apprehension, so that I get them again.

JAMES MOORE.Mr. Moore mentions that "two negro slaves" who were "purchased by me of Mr. Richard Brasley" had run away, so we know that he was a slave holder seeking the return of these two men.

Dec 10, 1836 -- __21

Cash for negroes

THE Subscriber will purchase any number of likely young NEGROES during the next six months, for which liberal prices in cash will be given.

I wish all letters on business, addressed to me at Germanton, Stokes County.

TYRE GLEN.We know that Tyre Glen was a slave trader. The importation of new slaves was forbidden by federal law in 1807 and so anyone who wished to purchase slaves had to buy them from within the borders of the United States. Slave traders like Glen would purchase slaves and then resell them to others for a profit.

July 18, 1836 -- __52


IN pursuance of an order of the Cabarrus County Court, made at October Sessions 1836, I will sell at the Courthouse door in Concord, on the 3d Monday in February next a Negro Boy named NATHAN, the property of W.P. Stackton, dec'd, for cash.

Of Cabarrus County N.C.
We know that Mr. Archibald was sheriff of Cabarrus County and was advertising the public sale of "a Negro Boy named NATHAN" who was the property of a deceased man, W.P. Stackton. This boy may have been sold to pay Mr. Stackton's debts or to provide cash income for Mr. Stackton's heirs.

Dec 3 1836 -- tf20

Stop the Runaway.

RANAWAY from the subscriber living near Liberty Hill, in Iredell county, N.C., a negro man named


Formerly owned by James Cunningham. He is between forty and fifty years old; of a yellowish complexion -- round face and small eyes. He is marked with a scar in one of his ears, which has not grown together; also with a scar on the underside of his heel; which has not _______; he has also a small scar on one of his cheeks and is about five feet, five or six inches in height.

Any one taking up this negro and lodging him in jail or delivering him to me, shall be reasonably compensated.

HUGH CUNNINGHAM.We know from the content of this ad that Mr. Cunningham was a slave holder seeking the return of Peter, an enslaved man who had run away.

Liberty Hill, Iredell co. N. C.

June 11th, 1836 -- __47