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Slaves - Marriage in Virginia and Maryland

Born in New Jersey, Quaker John Woolman (1720-1772) was a tailor & shopkeeper. In 1756, the year he began his journal, he gave up most of his business to become an itinerant preacher devoted to abolishing military taxation, conscription, & slavery....
From: 18th-century American Women on 8 Mar 2020

January 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “FREEMAN’s NEW-YORK ALMANACK, For the Year 1770.” In the final week of January 1770, John Holt continued in his efforts to rid himself of surplus copies of...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Jan 2020

Female Slaves & Rice Cultivation in Georgetown County, South Carolina

Female Slaves and Rice Cultivation in Georgetown County, South CarolinaThe intricate steps involved in planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preparing rice required an immense labor force. Planters stated that African slaves were particularly suited...
From: 18th-century American Women on 22 Jan 2020

Runaway House Slaves

Maryland Journal and Baltimore Advertiser (Goddard), Baltimore, June 27, 1780.NEGROES, who ran away...Lucy, Hannah, and Nan...They are most of them very artful, and expect to pass as free people...Lucy's business has been to wash and iron. Young Hannah...
From: 18th-century American Women on 18 Jan 2020

Newspaper - Runaway Slaves Who Could Read & Write

.Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser (Richards), Alexandria, September 29, 1785.RAN AWAY...a MULATTO WOMAN, named MOLLY; of a middle size. She took with her two Virginia cloth jackets and petticoats, one brown and one green baize ditto, with sundry...
From: 18th-century American Women on 16 Jan 2020

Thomas Jefferson's Wife Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson 1748-1782 & Her Half-Sister Sally Hemings 1773-1835

It gets a little complicated...Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson (1748-1782), was Thomas Jefferson's (1743-1826) wife. She was born in Virginia at The Forest, the Charles City County plantation of her father John Wayles (1715-1773) & his 1st wife, Martha...
From: 18th-century American Women on 6 Jan 2020

December 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “The whole process … is inserted in Freeman’s New-York Almanack.” This notice appeared among the many advertisements that ran in December 21, 1769,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Dec 2019

Amos Lincoln during and after the War

I’ve been discussing the story of nineteen-year-old Amos Lincoln at the Boston Tea Party.That wasn’t the end of Lincoln’s participation in the American Revolution. He was at the prime age for military service when the war began, and...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Dec 2019

Amos Lincoln and His Prayerful Master

When Amos Lincoln died in 1829, the Columbian Centinel newspaper described him as “one of the intrepid band who consigned the Tea to the ocean, in 1773.” But it took another couple of decades before details of Lincoln’s story got into...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Dec 2019

Frostbite, Slips and Sprains

We’re all feeling chilly as Christmas approaches and seeing the almost daily headlines in the national press of about an impending BIG FREEZE. It’s timely then to think about how our early modern ancestors experienced the Christmas and winter...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 18 Dec 2019

Capt. David Bradlee, Wine-Merchant

If there’s not enough evidence to say David Bradlee participated in the Boston Tea Party of 1773, I don’t know what he did between the collapse of George Gailer’s lawsuit in late 1771 and the start of the war.When Bradlee resurfaces...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Nov 2019

Slaves - Life in Georgia and Carolina 1750

. The Rev. Mr. Johann Martin Bolzius (1703- 1765) was a pastor who accompanied the Salzburgers from Rotterdam in their pilgrimage to England, and then on to Georgia in 1733. He wrote back to Rotterdam trying to explain the Atlantic coast colonies in the...
From: 18th-century American Women on 11 Mar 2013

“Too late to see your Friend Otis have a good Drubbing”

One of the more evocatively named citizens of Revolutionary Boston was a sea captain named Mungo Mackay (1740-1811).According to family tradition, Mackay came from the Orkney Islands to Boston as a teen-aged cabin boy. He married Ruth Coney in 1764 and...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2019

Shakespeare annotated: John Milton’s First Folio

(c) Christ’s College, University of Cambridge; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation Over the last few weeks the hottest story in Shakespeare studies has been the identification of a First Folio in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 11 Oct 2019

September 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (September 30, 1769). “Advertise the said William Hambleton Scholar as a notorious Cheat.” Advertisement or news article? An item that appeared in...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Sep 2019

Rare African American portraits connected to Philadlphia's 1st Mayor

Franklin Street (Philadelphia artist) Charles Montier (1818–1905) 1841Franklin Street (Philadelphia artist) Elizabeth Brown Montier (1820–c. 1858) The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses an extremely rare pair of portraits of African American sitters...
From: 18th-century American Women on 20 Sep 2013

About slave Jenny, the good spinster...

Robert Carter, Letter to Clement Brooke of the Baltimore Iron Works. 11 November 1776. Description: Item is a letter and an invoice. Of interest is reference made to Jenny. The "Negroe Woman" is on board the sloop Atwell along with a host of other...
From: 18th-century American Women on 30 Sep 2013

Newspaper - Runaway Slaves - Carders, Spinners, Weavers, & Knitters

. Virginia Gazette (Hunter), Williamsburg, November 7, 1754.RAN away...a Mulatto Wench, named Molly, about 26 Years of Age, of a middle Stature, long Visage, and freckled, has a drawling Speech, a down Look, and has been chiefly brought up to Carding...
From: 18th-century American Women on 30 Sep 2013

Former slave Catherine Ferguson 1774-1854 devotes her life to neglected children in NYC

When former slave Catherine Ferguson, a New York City woman devoted to Christian education & the care of orphans, died in 1854, her death prompted this obituary written by Lewis Tappan, an eminent evangelical antislavery activist. ...
From: 18th-century American Women on 2 Oct 2013

Newspaper - Virginia Runaway Slave Seamstresses

.An unusual number of the slave seamstresses and house slaves appearing in Virginia runaway notices, were mulatto. The seamstresses had a variety of skills; while all were seamstresses, some were also described as being able to spin, weave, wash, and...
From: 18th-century American Women on 2 Oct 2013

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.