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

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Record #44 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names William Wooden
Age 23
Description tall, well built man of dark complexion and promising
Alias William Nelson
Origin- Town/City Georgetown, DE
Origin- County Sussex Co.
Origin- State Delaware
Destination Canada
Slaveowner's Name Judge Wooden
Chapter Title From Virginia, Maryland, Delaware
Page Number 232
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Full Narrative It was from this State, that William Wooden fled. True, William was said to belong to Judge Wooden, of Georgetown, Del., but, according to the story of his "chattel," the Judge was not of the class who judged righteously. He had not only treated William badly, but he had threatened to sell him. This was the bitter pill which constrained William to " take out." The threat seemed hard at first, but its effect was excellent for this young man ; it was the cause of his obtaining his freedom at the age of twenty-three. William was a tall, well-built man, of dark complexion and promising. No further particulars concerning him are on the records.

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