Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #1 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names William Griffen
Age 34
Description medium size and substantial appearance
Origin- Town/City Cambridge
Origin- County Dorchester
Origin- State Maryland
Destination Canada
Slaveowner's Name James Waters Esq
Chapter Title The Arrivals of a Single Month
Page Number 97
Other Travelers William Griffen; Henry Moor; James Camper; Noah Ennells; Levin Parker
Other Conductors
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Full Narrative The great number of cases to be here noticed forbids more than a brief reference to each passenger. As they arrived in parties, their narratives will be given in due order as found on the book of recrods: William Griffen, Henry Moor; James Camper, Noah Ennells and Levin Parker. This party came from Cambridge, Md. WILLIAM is thirty-four years of age, of medium size and substantial ap- pearance. He fled from James Waters, Esq., a lawyer, living in Cambridge. He was ?wealthy, close, and stingy,? and owned nine head of slaves and a farm, on which William served. He was used very hard, which was the cause of his escape, though the idea that he was entitled to his freedom had been entertained for the previous twelve years. On preparing to take the Underground, he armed himself with a big butcher-knife, and resolved, if attacked, to make his enemies stand back. His master was a member of the Methodist Church.

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