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

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Record #60 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names John Chase
Age 20
Description chestnut color, of spare build and smart
Alias Daniel Floyd
Origin- Town/City Cambridge
Origin- County Dorchester
Origin- State Maryland
Destination Canada
Slaveowner's Name John Campbell Henry
Chapter Title "Moses" arrives with six passengers
Page Number 296-297
Other Travelers John Chase alias Daniel Floyd; Benjamin Ross alias James Stewart; Henry Ross alias Levin Stewart; Peter Jackson, Alias Staunch Tilghman; Jane Kane alias Catherine Kane and Robert Ross
Other Conductors Harriett Tubman
Additional Names
Method of Travel
Additional Resources letter
Items in Possession
Full Narrative WILMINGTON, 12 mo. 29th, 1854. ESTEEMED FRIEND, J. MILLER McKiM : ? We made arrangements last night, and sent away Harriet Tubman, with six men and one woman to Allen Agnew's, to be forwarded across the country to the city. Harriet, and one of the men had worn their shoes off their feet, and I gave them two dollars to help fit them out, and directed a carriage to be hired at my expense, to take them out, but do not yet know the expense. I now have two more from the lowest county in Maryland, on the Peninsula, upwards of one hundred miles. I will try to get one of our trusty colored men to take them to-morrow morning to the Anti-slavery office. You can then pass them on. THOMAS GARRETT. December 29th, 1854 ? John is twenty years of age, chestnut color, of spare build and smart. He fled from a farmer, by the name of John Campbell Henry, who resided at Cambridge, Dorchester Co., Maryland. On being interrogated relative to the character of his master, John gave no very amiable account of him. He testified that he was a " hard man " and that he "owned about one hundred and forty slaves and sometimes he would sell," etc. John was one of the slaves who were " hired out." He " desired to have the privilege of hunting his own master." His desire was not granted. Instead of meekly submitting, John felt wronged, and made this his reason for running away. This looked pretty spirited on the part of one so young as John. The Committee's respect for him was not a little increased, when they heard him express himself.

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