KENTON: 10 freedom seekers reach Canada.

Ten freedom seekers who were with Margaret Garner’s family initially, made it to Amherstburg, Ontario after a harrowing journey, crossing the frozen lake at Sandusky by sleigh. Provincial Freeman, Feb. 23, 1856

KENTON: Sidney family escape.

Above escapes may be related to escape of family of Allen Sidney, enslaved man from MS, then TN, worked on riverboat owned by his slaveholder. Assisted by abolitionist Tom Dorm, Sidney helped to free his wife, Sarah (whom he met and married in KY), and their three children. One of the children (“Riller”) was to be sold for debts. Wilber Siebert Collection. Ohio, Hamilton County. Interview with Deacon Sidney Allen, Windsor, Ont. 1894

KENTON: Nine slaves escape.

Six enslaved people belonging to Levi Dougherty, (4th street, Cov, btwn Madison and Russell) and three enslaved people belonging to Mr. Gage (probably William H. Gedge), same neighborhood. Left on Sunday, 27 Jan, 1856. Value of enslaved, $8,000. Chicago Tribune, Chicago Ill; 31 Jan 1856

KENTON: Nine slaves escape.

Nine enslaved people from “near Covington” escaped. No slaveholder name, but he was to move away to Chicago, and needed to sell them to pay for debts. Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, Ky; 16 Dec 1856

KENTON: Family escape.

In Edward Walker’s interview (see 1858 escape): escape from plantation near the Hayden farm in Kenton County- Edward’s uncle, his wife and their children (names unknown.) Louisville Courier Journal, Louisville, Ky. 12 Aug 1894, Accessed 9 Dec 2016. www.

KENTON: 13 escape from Covington.

FREIGHT ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. – Since our last report we have received at this depot 21 persons, all within the last ten days. First can two men from Missouri then thirteen from Covington, Kentucky, five of whom escaped from the Mayor of that city; then came four from Kentucky; then two more up to this date. The Christmas holidays will bring us another fine lot. Frederick Douglass’ Paper, Jan 27, 1854

KENTON: Sixteen freedom seekers reach Canada.

“UNDERGROUND – MORE ARRIVALS – Monday morning, shortly after daylight, sixteen “chattels” – three men and five women, and eight children – passed down the avenue and over the ferry, becoming subjects of the British Crown, and renouncing their claim to protection under the “glorious stars and stripes.” Republicanism, as far as they are concerned, they pronounce a decided failure – the greatest humbug of the times. These all came from Covington, Kentucky.”  Detroit Tribune, reprinted in the Provincial Freeman, December 16, 1854

KENTON: Six slaves escape to Ohio.

6 enslaved people, slaveholder Beall, escaped Covington by crossing into Newport first, then to Ohio. Described “two negro women, one mulatto girl, one negro man, and two black boys” The Liberator. Boston, Ma; 4 Aug 1854; p 3 – Liberator cites Cincinnati Gazette

KENTON: Jane Wayne and children escape.

Jane Wayne, b. at Flemingsburg, ca 1815-1822, first slaveholder was John Hester. Sold at 12 yrs old to Tom Porter (also Flemingsburg). Porter moved to Covington, KY, and took “all nine of us” with him. Worried about being separated from her 3 children, Jane and kids, assisted by Bob Russell (UGRR) and 2 others, left on a Sunday in November. Settled in Amherstburg, Essex, Ontario, eldest daughter married Henry H Young. Wilbur H Siebert Collection, Ohio, Hamilton County file, Ohio History Connection.

KENTON: Five slaves escape.

5 enslaved people escaped Covington. Slaveholder was B. W. Foley. Covington Journal, Covington, Ky; 10 Dec 1853 p 2 col 5