The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,197 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.

SARAH A. DUNAGAN.  Having no one to care for her, and, having been threatened with the auction-block, Sarah mustered pluck and started out in search of a new home among strangers beyond the borders of slave territory.  According to her story, she “was born free” in the State of Delaware, but had been “bound out” to a man by the name of George Churchman, living in Wilmington.  Here she averred, that she “had been flogged repeatedly,” and had been otherwise ill-treated, while no one interfered to take her part.  Consequently she concluded, that although she was born free, she would not be likely to be benefited thereby unless she made her escape on the Underground Rail Road.  This idea of freedom continued to agitate Sarah’s mind until she decided to leave forthwith.  She was a young mulatto woman, single, and told her story of hardships and of the dread of being sold, in a manner to elicit much sympathy.  She had a mother living in New Castle, named Ann Eliza Kingslow.  It was no uncommon thing for free-born persons in slave States to lose their birth-right in a manner similar to that by which Sarah feared that she had lost hers.

“Arrived JOSEPH HALL, JR., son of Joseph Hall, of Norfolk, Virginia.”  This is all that is recorded of this passenger, yet it is possible that this item of news may lead to the recognition of Joseph, should he still happen to be of the large multitude of fugitives scattered over the land amongst the living.

ISAAC D. DAVIS.  In fleeing from bondage, in Maryland, Davis was induced to stop, as many others were, in Pennsylvania.  Not comprehending the Fugitive Slave Law he fancied that he would be safe so long as he kept matters private concerning his origin.  But in this particular he labored under a complete delusion—­when he least dreamed of danger the slave-catchers were scenting him close.  Of their approach, however, he was fortunate enough to be notified in time to place himself in the hands of the Committee, who soon held out Canada to him, as the only sure refuge for him, and all others similarly situated.  His fears of being carried back opened his eyes, and understanding, so that he could readily see the force of this argument, and accepting the proffered aid of the Committee was sent on his way rejoicing.  He had been away from his master eighteen months, and in the meanwhile had married a wife in Pennsylvania.  What became of them after this flight the book contains no record.

JACOB MATTHIAS BOYER left at about the age of twenty.  He had no idea of working in the condition of a slave, but if he had not been threatened with the auction-block, he might have remained much longer than he did.  He had been owned by Richard Carman, cashier of one of the Annapolis banks, and who had recently died.  Jacob fled from Annapolis.  Very little record was made of either master or slave.  Probably no incidents were related of sufficient importance, still the Committee felt pleased to receive one so young.  Indeed, it always afforded the Committee especial satisfaction to see children, young people, and females escaping from the prison-house.  Jacob was of a dark hue, a little below medium stature.

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