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Betsy - SEA9


Betsy - SEA9




African Americans--History, African Americans--History--To 1863, African American women--History, Women artisans


South Carolina and American General Gazette


November 4, 1780






Thomas Farr


James Simmon's plantation

Home Location

Johns Island, South Carolina


1. Self-emancipated from James Simmon's estate
2. Passed for free in Charleston, South Carolina

Item Type



A LIKELY mustice woman named ISABELLA, be longing to the estate of the late James Simmons, went from the plantation on John’s Island belonging to the said estate, and I an informed that she has been frequently seen in Charlestown for a considerable time past where she has been harboured and employed by several persons; she is about 26 years old, was brought up in a house as a needle woman, and is otherwise very handy in attending on a family; she has with her two children, the eldest a mulatto boy named JACK, about 6 years old, the other a Girl about three months: She is very fond of dressing well, wears her hair very long, and has appeared lately in mourning cloaths for the death of her mother; she is very artful it is probable that she may endeavour to pass for a free woman. Whoever will take her up and deliver her to the Keeper of the Sugar-house, so that I may get her, shall receive Two Guineas Reward.
Also went off from the said plantation about six week ago, a thick clumsy made negro woman, named BETSY, of a very black complexion full face and flat nose, about 28 years of age; she is an exceeding good seamstress and otherwise very handy about a house; she has been seen lately dressed with a plaid jacket and homespun petticoat, but she carried away with her a bundle of other cloathing and is very fond of dressing well. I am informed that she is harboured and employed by some person in town, where she has bee frequently seen An person who will take her up and deliver her to the Keeper of the Sugar-house, shall receive a Guinea Reward, from


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