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Description: Reward for Runaways

Date: June 17 1737

Newspaper published in: Williamsburg, VA

Page/Column: 4

Reward for Runaways

[Transcriber's Note: The term "pead Kersey" to describe the double breasted coat no doubt refers to the navy style pea coats made from Kersey wool; a periauger was a two-masted inland waterway vessel with a flat bottom.]

Ran away from Mr. Theophilus Pugh, Merchant, and Mr. Robert Blackledge, of Nansemond County, two servants, the one named Thomas Davis, a bricklayer, belonging to the said Pugh; the other named John Shaw, a blacksmith. The said Thomas Davis was born in Wales but talks tolerable English and is a middle sized, well-set man about 24 years of age, and is much pock fretten, and somewhat swarthy, with short dark hair, and carried with him a pead Kersey double breasted coat, a striped flannel and a short white flannel waistcoat, two pair of large Oznabrigs trousers, two new checked shirts, and a pair of shoes.

The said John Shaw was born in Yorkshire and served his time in Liverpool. He is a middle-sized, well made man of a dark complexion, without hair, and wore when he went away a pair of Oznabrigs trousers, a linen checked shirt, burnt full of holes before. The said runaways were seen going down Nansemond River on Sunday se'nnight in a Periauger. If any person or persons shall take the said runaways or either of them so as they shall be brought to the subscribers in Nansemond County, shall be paid two Pistoles for each of them, besides what the law allows.

Submitted: 08/04/14 (Edited 08/04/14)

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