The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Henry Townsend ran away from Caroline county, near Purnell P.O., Maryland.  The name of his reputed owner, according to his statement, was E. Townsend, a farmer.  Against him Henry harbored a very heavy grudge, and will long hold said Townsend in remembrance for the injury he had received at his hands on his naked back.  The back was shown, and a most frightful picture was presented; it had been thoroughly cut in all directions.

Henry was about twenty-one years of age, dark chesnut color, build substantial.  He left behind two brothers and one sister in Slavery.  The Committee comforted him with the usual hospitality.

These passengers arrived the latter part of 1856 and the beginning of 1857.

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William and Emma came from Dorchester county, Maryland.  The cords of Slavery had been tightly drawn around them.  William was about twenty-seven years of age, of a dark hue, and of a courageous bearing.  On the score of treatment he spake thus:  “I have been treated as bad as a man could be.”  Emma, his wife, had seen about the same number of years that he had, and her lot had been similar to his.  Emma said, “My master never give me the second dress, never attempted such a thing.”  The master was called Bushong Blake.  William was owned by a Mr. Tubman.  After leaving Slavery, William changed his last name to Williams, and if he and his wife are now living, they are known only by their adopted names.

Evan Graff was of square solid build, dark, and smart, age twenty-five.  He fled in company with four others (whose narratives were not written), from Frederick county, Maryland.  Henry Heart, residing at Sam’s Creek, exercised authority over Evan.  With this master, said Evan, I have known hard times.  I have been treated as bad as a man could be.  I have been married three years and have not received five dollars in money since, towards supporting my family.  “How have you lived then?” inquired one who sympathized.  “My wife has kept house for a colored gentleman, and got her board for her services,” said Evan.  “In what other particulars have you been treated hard?” was next asked.  “Sometimes I hadn’t half clothes enough to keep me warm, through all weathers,” answered Evan.  “What put it into your head to leave?” was the third query.  “Well, sir,” said Evan, “I thought to try and do better.”  How did you make up your mind to leave your wife and child in Slavery?  “Well, sir, I was very loth to leave my wife and child, but I just thought in this way:  I had a brother who was entitled to his freedom, but he fell out with one of his young masters, and was just taken up and sold South, and I thought I might be taken off too, so I thought I would stand as good a chance in leaving, as if I stayed.”  Had you a mother and father,

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