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In the early to mid-19th century, Isaac Brown, a slave, used to be accused of the tried homicide of a in demand plantation proprietor, regardless of there being no proof of his guilt. Brown, after enduring brutal floggings, was once shipped to a brand new Orleans slave pen. From there the imaginitive Brown was once in a position to make a bold get away to Philadelphia within the loose kingdom of Pennsylvania. His greatest errors was once writing a observe informing his loose spouse and eleven childrens in Maryland of his whereabouts. The observe used to be intercepted and resulted in his arrest and extradition again to Maryland.

While engaged in studying an ancestor named Isaac Brown, Bryan Prince encountered the very high-profile case of what grew to become out to be a unique Isaac Brown. the tale of this slave, with its fruits in Brown's dramatic break out and supreme luck in crossing the border into Canada, is the riveting topic of historian Bryan Prince's most up-to-date book.

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10. Benjamin Drew, The Refugee: Or the Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada (Boston: John P. Jewett & Co. , 1856), 234. Drew released 16 of the interviews that he performed in Chatham — regrettably neither Samuel nor Susannah Russell used to be integrated. In his preface, Drew acknowledged that he had many extra which may now not healthy into one quantity, yet was hoping to put up them sooner or later. He by no means did, and, tragically, up to now, his papers stay misplaced. eleven. Drew, The Refugee, 236. 12. Chatham Weekly Planet, August nine, 1860. thirteen. James A. convenient, Scraps of African Methodist Episcopal heritage (Philadelphia: A. M. E. publication predicament, 1902), 213–16. Digitized at “Documenting the yank South” (http://docsouth. unc. edu/church/handy/handy. html). 14. Donald Simpson, lower than the North superstar: Black groups in top Canada (Trenton, NJ: Africa global Press, 2005), 329. 15. This September 1858 case was once widely lined by means of newspapers in Canada and the U.S., yet with contradictory details. For an research of the case, see The Black Abolitionist Papers: Canada, 392–98. sixteen. memories of Edwin Bassett Jones, 24–26. In 1924, 100 copies have been revealed through his daughter Grace Jones Morgan. 17. Provincial Freeman, June 7, 1856, 2. bankruptcy thirteen: The River Jordan Is Muddy and chilly 1. foreign money charts and typical Canadian pay seemed within the Provincial Freeman on August 22, 1855. 2. a quick biography of John Drake appears to be like on web page 448 of the loo Askin Papers, quantity 1, edited through Milo M. Quaife, Detroit Library fee, 1928. A caricature of John Drake and his son Francis appears to be like on web page 351 of The Valley of the decrease Thames: 1640 to 1850 via Fred Coyne Hamil, released via the collage of Toronto Press in 1951. Reprinted in 1973. three. One instance is the farm of Abraham Shadd (the father of Mary Ann and Isaac) who lived 4 miles south of the land attributed to Samuel Russell. Shadd’s 100 acres was once assessed at one hundred eighty kilos. Fifty-acre farms in the Buxton cost have been frequently assessed at sixty kilos. four. This tax ebook is within the data at Buxton nationwide historical web site & Museum, North Buxton, Ontario. five. Provincial Freeman, April 25, 1857. 6. An Ontario Ministry of ordinary assets record, written in 1998 via Patrick McLean and entitled “The Evolution of a Prairie panorama through the years in Raleigh Township, Kent County,” describes the adjustments within the Raleigh Plains through the years. This document seems on-line at: http://nhic. mnr. gov. on. ca/MNR/nhic/documents/spring1999/spring99. htm Descriptions of youngsters being misplaced seem in numerous assets together with web page 60 of historic Atlas of Essex & Kent Counties 1880–1881, released by means of H. Belden & Co. of Toronto. 7. Patrick Ryan to Commissioners of Crown Lands, February thirteen, 1855. the answer from the legal professional normal is undated. either records look in “The Township Papers: Raleigh” microfilmed replica within the Kent family tree Society assortment on the Chatham Public Library. eight. Sheriff Mercer to Duncan McGregor, deed registered on the Kent County Registry place of work in Chatham in publication O, Folio 159, #158.

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