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

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Record #73 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names Joseph Cornish
Age 40
Description much natural ability, quite dark, well-made
Origin- Town/City
Origin- County Dorchester Co
Origin- State Maryland
Destination Canada
Slaveowner's Name Captain Samuel LeCount
Chapter Title Sundry Arrivals--Latter part of December, 1855 and Beginning of January, 1856
Page Number 334-335
Other Travelers Joseph Cornish, Lewis Francis, Alexander Munson, Samuel and Ann Scott, Wm Henry Laminson, Henry and Eliza Washington, Henry Chambers, John Chambers, Samuel Fall, Thomas Anderson
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Full Narrative JOSEPH CORNISH was about forty years of age when he escaped. The heavy bonds of Slavery made him miserable. He was a man of much natural ability, quite dark, well-made, and said that he had been " worked very hard." According to his statement, he had been an " acceptable preacher in the African Methodist Church," and was also " respected by the respectable white and colored people in his neighborhood." He would not have escaped but for fear of being sold, as he had a wife and five chil- dren to whom he was very much attached, but had to leave them behind. Fortunately they were free. Of his ministry and connection with the Church, he spoke with feelings of apparent solemnity, evidently under the impression that the little flock he left would be without a shepherd. Of his master, Captain Samuel Le Count, of the U. S. Navy, he had not one good word to speak ; at least nothing of the kind is found on the Record Book ; but, on the contrary, he declared that "he was very hard on his servants, allowing them no chance whatever to make a little ready money for themselves." So in turning his face towards the Underground Rail Road, and his back against slavery, he felt that he was doing God service. The Committee regarded him as a remarkable man, and was much impressed with his story, and felt it to be a privilege and a pleasure to aid him.

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