Escapes: Carroll, Owen, and Trimble Counties


Jan 23

TRIMBLE: Reward Ad for Peter Hood.

Ran away from Corn Creek area, Dec 6 1818- $40 Reward for Peter Hood, described as about 6 ft. tall, bright mulatto; very artful. Slaveholder Shadrach Barns. Area was Gallatin Co in 1819, now Trimble County. Indiana Republican, 23 Jan 1819

Aug 01

CARROLL: Reward ad for man and woman.

August 1820, Samuel Todd offered $400 reward for freedom seekers “Patrick” and a woman with a wound on her head, Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, p 899

Sep 01

CARROLL: Reward ad for trio.

Sept 1820: Will French offered $100 for the return of: Spencer, China (15 yrs) and Bob (50 yrs). The trio escaped from Kentucky near the Gallatin Steam Mill. Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, p 899

Sep 10

CARROLL: Two freedom seekers reach Indiana.

Two men enslaved by Mr. Holland and Mr. Booker of Prestonville made their way north by way of Madison, IN. from Kentucky Family Mirror, Carrollton, Ky; 10 Sep 1833

Sep 03

CARROLL: Capture of Bartlett

Bartlett, 21 yrs. old, fled the area of Ghent, in Carroll County, and remained on the run for over a week before being caught in Owen County, KY. He was accused of killing his slaveholder, Tabitha O’Neal, during an altercation in the field. After his capture, he was tried for murder and hanged. Louisville Courier Journal, Louisville, KY; 3 Sept 1839

Jan 01

CARROLL: Recapture attempt.

Adam and Sarah Crosswhite and four children escaped from Carroll County slaveholder Francis Giltner. In 1847, Giltner and Francis Troutman went to Marshall, MI, where the Crosswhites were living, to recapture them. This was considered a part of the 1847 “Kentucky Raids.” The Crosswhites were able to escape to Canada, and Giltner took up the matter in the courts. Source:

Jan 01

TRIMBLE: Family escape.

Caroline and her children–Frances, 12, John, 7, Amanda, 4, and Henry, 2–escaped from slaveholder George Ray. The family was captured, in Indiana, but rescued by abolitionist farmer Luther Donnell. nkyviews. com/trimble/text/caroline.html

Jan 01

OWEN: “Fugitive” listed on census.

One enslaved man, age 20, (mulatto) listed as “fugitive from the state.” Slaveholder is Erastus Bainbridge, District 1 Owen County, KY. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.

Jan 01

OWEN: Boy listed as “fugitive.”

One enslaved boy, age 9, listed as “fugitive from the state.” Slaveholder is John Glass, District 2, Owen County, KY. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.

Oct 04

OWEN: Miles and Julia escape.

On Oct 2, 1852, Miles and Julia, from Louisville, had a pass to Owenton (family visit?) and did not return. It is unclear if they headed to Owenton on their way to freedom. Slaveholder was James Lynn. The Louisville Daily Courier; Louisville, Ky; 4 Oct 1852

Aug 25

CARROLL: Harrison arrested.

Franklin Dufour of Switzerland County, IN arrested a fugitive slave named Harrison; slaveholder near Carrollton. Weekly Reveille, Vol 1, No 10; Vevay, Switzerland County, Ind. 25 Aug 1853.

Jan 01

TRIMBLE: Alfred escapes while leased.

In 1854, Alfred, enslaved to John and Mary Preston, ran away from another slaveholder to whom he was leased. Mary Preston was a friend of Delia Webster, and may have had anti-slavery leanings.

Aug 24

CARROLL: Two slaves attempt escape.

Free person of color was seen near the mouth of the KY river. He was attempting to assist two freedom seekers in Carrollton, but they were recaptured. The conductor escaped. Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, Ky; 24 Aug 1854

Jun 22

TRIMBLE: Trio escapes.

Three people, a man, woman and child, escaped from slaveholder John B. Floyd of Trimble County. Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, Ky; 22 June 1855; p 4

Aug 23

TRIMBLE: Reward ad for “Dick.”

$400 reward offered for freedom seeker “Dick” described as “bright mulatto” with goatee and mustache, 5’10”, well dressed. Slaveholder is A.M. Woolfolk, of Bedford. Daily State Sentinel; Indianapolis, Ind. 23 Aug 1855

Jun 30

CARROLL: Three slaves attempt escape.

“Runaway Slave Caught! KENTON. An unnamed freedom seeker (slaveholder William Sandford) was one of three men who had attempted escape from Carroll County. This man had been caught at Lochry Creek in Dearborn County, Indiana. One man, referred to as “Berry’s boy” had been shot and killed at Vevay Indiana during the chase. Another man was sold by slaveholder, William Sandford, after being caught.” Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, Cincinnati, Oh, June 30, 1857

Apr 25

TRIMBLE: Sarah escapes; John arrested.

Sarah, enslaved by Charles Henry of Trimble County, escaped with the help of John Robertson, who was arrested. Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, Ky; 25 April, 1859; p 1

May 23

TRIMBLE: Five slaves escape.

5 enslaved people escaped from slaveholder Wm. E. Young of Hunter’s Bottom. Indiana Reveille; Vol 43, No 21, Vevay, Switzerland County, 23 May 1860

May 24

OWEN: Insurrection panic.

Insurrection reported, “several hundred” slaves arming themselves. Later debunked as panic when citizen saw armed African American soldiers. Caused upset in surrounding counties. The Evening Star And Dial, London, May 24, 1861

Aug 25

OWEN: Reward Ad for Bob.

William Hicks, Jailer of Owen County, placed an ad for freedom seeker named Bob, slaveholder John Mays of Pike County. Route unknown. Daily Commonwealth, Frankfort, Ky; 25 Aug 1862