Escapes: Gallatin and Grant Counties


Aug 14

GALLATIN: Reward Ad for Harry and Mingo

A combined reward of $20 is offered by slaveholders Thomas Ayers and James Blanton of Gallatin County, for the return of Harry and Mingo. Harry, 18 yrs old, was wearing a blue or black coat, and Mingo, 24 yrs old, was described as blind in one eye. Liberty Hall, Cincinnati, OH; 14 Aug 1811

Jan 01

GALLATIN: Reward ad for Peter Shelley

Slaveholder Benjamin Waller offered $200 reward for return of enslaved man Peter Shelley, ace 44 yrs. Shelley escaped by using a pass that was 10 years out of date. Runaway notice from Gallatin County in the Lawrenceburg, Ind. Oracle as cited in Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky

Sep 29

GALLATIN: John Lewis’ arrest and escape.

Man named John Lewis was logged in Gallatin Co Jail 18 Aug 1831, under suspicion of being a runaway. Produced free papers, but was not believed. The man managed to break free from jail, left behind his horse and tack. Signed, Andrew Chapman Port William, Ky, 29 September, 1831; Louisville Daily Journal, Louisville, Ky, October 1831

Mar 01

GALLATIN: David Lilliard charged for “enticing.”

March 1838, David Lilliard brought charges in the Gallatin Circuit Court against FPOC Lewis Hamilton for enticing enslaved man “Billy.” Hamilton is still on census in 1850 in Sparta. Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky

Aug 10

GRANT: Reward ad for Nelly.

$20 reward offered for woman named Nelly, ran from Downingsville, J.H. Downing hired her from B.F. Fugate, admr. Of H. Maddoe, deceased. Licking Register, Covington, Ky; 10 Aug 1844

Jul 04

GRANT: “Ned” caught, arrested.

19 April, 1846- “Ned” enslaved man from Louisville belonging to John Delph caught in Grant County, held at jail. Licking Valley Register; Covington, KY; 4 July 1846; p 3 col 6

Feb 16

GRANT: Reward ad for five freedom-seekers.

Five enslaved people escaped from Grant county, $1000 reward offered. Covington Journal, Covington Ky; 16 Feb 1856

Sep 17

GALLATIN: Four Freedom Seekers

Four unnamed men near Warsaw escaped enslavement in Sep 1859. Slaveholders by the name of “Robinson” and “Hughes” each claimed ownership of one man; the slaveholder(s) of the other two men were not named. Indiana Weekly Visitor, Rising Sun, IN, 17 Sep 1859

Sep 21

GALLATIN: Four freedom seekers escape.

Four unnamed (male) freedom seekers ran away from Warsaw, “a short time since.” Indiana Reveille, Vol 42 Number 38, Vevay, In; 21 Sept 1859

May 10

GALLATIN: Slave uprising.

Slave uprising reported, 10 May 1861. Initial reports were of insurrection aided by 2 white men. Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, Ca; 23 May 1861; conflicting article says not, 11 May 1861, New York Times, New York, NY

Dec 22

GALLATIN: Five men and one woman caught.

22 December: Five men and one woman caught at Dillsboro, Indiana. Identified as runaways from Warsaw. Diary of Lewis A. Loder, 1857-1904; BCPL