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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    February 20, 1766 The Pennsylvania Gazette TWO POUNDS Reward. RUN away, on Sunday Night last, from the Subscriber, living in East Whiteland, Chester County, a
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      February 20, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      TWO POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away, on Sunday Night last, from the Subscriber, living in East
      Whiteland, Chester County, a Servant Man, named Nicholas Coffey, born in
      Ireland, about 25 years of Age, tall and slender, long visaged, has a sour
      Look, of a sandy Complexion, and lisps a little; had on a Boyfine Hat, half
      worn, light coloured Fustian Coat, blue Jacket, with Metal Buttons, a brown
      Camblet under Jacket, the back ripped, old white Shirt, Leather Breeches,
      white Yarn Stockings, the Top of one of them old, and half worn Shoes and
      Buckles. He served a Time in Philadelphia, has been since at Sea, likewise
      campaigning, is acquainted in most Parts of this Province, and may thereby
      the better pass for a Freeman. He has at Times the Third day Ague, the Fit
      coming on him in the Evening, and is a remarkable Liar. Whoever secures the
      said Servant so as his Master may have him again, shall have the above
      Reward with reasonable Charges, from RICHARD RICHISON.


      April 24, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Lancaster, April 15, 1766.
      WAS committed to my Custody, on the 11th of this Inst. on Suspicion of a
      Runaway Servant, a Girl, who calls herself Isabel Beard, she was born in
      Ireland, and came in the Snow Pitt above two Years ago; she is about 4 Feet
      8 Inches high, very thickset; had on, when committed, a blue Stuff Gown,
      striped Linsey Petticoat and Bed Gown, old Shoes and Stockings; she says she
      belongs to a certain William Grimes, a Jobber, and late of York County,
      where she says she left him. Her Master therefore, if any she has, is hereby
      desired to come, pay her Charges, and take her away, otherwise she will be
      sold for her Fees, by MATTHIAS BOOGH, Goaler.

      May 22, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the Subscriber, living near New Castle, on Sunday Night last,
      the 18th of this instant May, an Irish Servant Man, named Henry Cowan, about
      24 Years of Age, dark Complexion, about 5 Feet 6 Inches high, pretty fat;
      had on when he went away, a light blue Serge Coat, Nankeen Jacket and
      Breeches, white Linen Shirt, white Thread Stockings, new Pumps, and wears
      his own black Hair; came from Ireland last Fall, in the Ship Marquis of
      Granby, Captain Macilvaine, and as he is a tolerable Good Scholar, may forge
      a Pass, perhaps; from under the Captain Hand. Whoever takes up and secures
      said Servant, so that his Master may have him again, shall have Five Pounds
      Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by MATTHEW CANNON.

      N.B. All Masters of Vessels are forbid to carry him off at their Peril.


      May 8, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Albemarle, April 9, 1766.
      ABSCONDED from his Service, on Saturday, the Fifth Instant, a Servant Man,
      belonging to the Subscriber, named Andrew Haddock, a Native of Ireland,
      about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, well set of a ruddy Complexion, grey Eyes, dark
      brown Hair, which he commonly wears tied up in a String, has lost one of his
      upper fore Teeth, dressed in a Pair of Buckskin Breeches, red Waistcoat,
      Snuff coloured Cloth Coat, and a blue Cloth or Drab Surtout, the small Cape
      lined with Velvet of the same Colour, he is Master of a tolerable good
      Address; he rode a likely bay Mare, between 13 and 14 Hands high, is fond of
      strong Drink, writes a good Hand, is tolerably well acquainted with Figures,
      and pretends to be so with the Latin Language, and some Branches of the
      Mathematicks; his Employment was to keep School. Whoever takes up and
      secures the said Runaway, so that he be delivered to me, or shall bring him
      to me, living in the lower Part of Albermarle County, shall receive, if
      taken up in this Colony, Five Pounds, besides what the Law allows, or if
      taken up out of the Colony, Ten Pounds, paid by

      JOHN LEWIS, junior.
      July 3, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      FIVE POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away from the subscriber, a servant man and woman, named Walter and
      Winford Pritchet; the man is a taylor to trade, and cannot do any other
      work; the woman is a stay maker, and very handy at house work; they both
      speak good English, but low, take snuff, and love liquor; the man is about 5
      feet 7 inches high, has black hair, and grey eyes; the woman is but low of
      stature, pretty likely, has black eyes and black hair; as they came lately
      from Ireland, their clothes are but ordinary, and probably have changed
      them. Whoever secures them in any goal on this continent, and lets me know
      in the public paper of this province, shall have the above reward for both,
      or Fifty Shillings for either. I hear the man is listed, and has taken his
      wife with him to Fort Pitt. All gentlemen of the army are forbid to list or
      harbour them, and Captains of vessels to carry them off, at their peril.
      HENRY NEILL.


      July 31, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the subscribers, living in Drummore township, Lancaster
      county, on the 24th of this instant July, two Irish servant lads; the one
      named John Riley, about 22 years of age, about 5 feet 9 inches high, a broad
      well set fellow, wears his own brown hair, which curls a little, and speaks
      with the brogue; had on, when he went away, a blackish mixed home made cloth
      coat and jacket, felt hat, coarse shirt and trowsers, white ribbed yarn
      stockings, and good channel pumps. The other named Philip Meganaty, about 17
      years of age, a slim thin visaged lad, about 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, wear
      his own hair, which is brown, straight, and commonly tyed, and speaks a
      little with the brogue; had on, when he went away, a drab coloured coat and
      jacket, bound with worsted tape of the same colour, but not lined, a felt
      hat, check shirt, blue breeches, white ribbed yarn stockings, good channel
      pumps, and took with him a pair of check trowsers. They both came from the
      north of Ireland this summer. Whoever takes up and secures said Servants, so
      as their masters may have them again, shall have Four Pounds reward, or
      Forty shillings for either, and reasonable charges, paid by

      MOSES IRVING, or GEORGE McCULLOUGH


      July 17, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the Subscriber, living in Little Britain Township, Lancaster
      County, an Province of Pennsylvania, on the 10th inst. July, an Irish
      Servant Man, named Patrick Campbell, about 20 Years of Age, 5 Feet 9 Inches
      high, has a down Look, stoop shouldered, with his Hair tied, some old Scars
      on his Temple, is a middling good Scholar, speaks with the Brogue, had on,
      when he went away, an old Hat, a short blackish Coat, with small Lappels,
      and no Lining in it, two Shirts, one of which he made use of for a Wallet,
      long Ozenbrigs Trowsers, Stockings, and Shoes, without Buckles; he had a
      Sickle with him, and it is thought he will pass for a Reaper; he informed me
      he was in the King Service in Ireland and Portugal. Whoever takes up said
      Servant, and secures him, so as his Master may have him again, shall have
      Three Pounds Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by

      JAMES JOHNSTON.


      August 14, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      FIVE POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away from the Subscriber, living near Chester, on Delaware, an indented
      Servant Man, named James Fennell, about five Feet ten Inches high, twenty
      Years of Age, has a thinish Face, down Looks, brown Hair, lost one of his
      fore Teeth, walks wide, and has a Kind of rocking in his Gait, like one that
      is just come from Sea: took with him, a blue Cloth Coat, the Lining torn, a
      brown Saggathy Coat, with a Rent in the Back, a figured brown Velvet Jacket,
      two white Shirts, one Check Ditto, a new Pair of Check Trowsers, three or
      four Pair of Stockings, and a Pair of Shoes almost new. It is supposed he
      will steal a Horse (being an arrant Thief) and make towards the Frontiers,
      forge a Pass, and change his Clothes; he is a sly still Fellow, looks like
      country born, tho' he came from the West of Ireland last Fall, where he was
      advertised, with a large Reward. Whoever takes up and secures said Fennel,
      so as he may be had again, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable
      Charges, paid by

      JAMES WILLCOX.


      August 7, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Salem, July 30, 1766.
      RUN away, on the Tenth Day of June last, from his Bail, a certain Edward
      Ashton, born in Ireland, by Trade a Taylor, served his Time in Bristol,
      Pennsylvania, about 5 Feet 6 Inches high, of a sandy Complexion; has on a
      new Fustian Coat, with gilt Buttons, old blue Everlasting Breeches, white
      thread Stockings, good Shoes, and a Pair of Silver Buckles, marked S. W. He
      was seen at Bristol the 28th Instant, with a blue Coat and Jacket and a Pair
      of striped Holland Trowsers on. Whoever takes up and secures said Runaway in
      any Goal, if in the Province of Pennsylvania, shall receive Eight Dollars
      Reward; and if in the Province of New Jersey, Ten Dollars, and reasonable
      Charges, paid by

      JOHN BREEDING.


      September 11, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away on the 5th of this instant, September, an Irish servant lad, named
      William Sheppard, about 18 years old, 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, has light
      strait hair, and grey eyes; had on, a half worn felt hat, a long dark grey
      Irish frize surtout coat, white homespun linen shirt and trowsers, strong
      shoes, and brass buckles. He served his time in Ireland to a weaver, and may
      have his indentures with him, with a clearance from his master in Ireland.
      He can read and write, is very impudent and talkative, much given to cursing
      and swearing, and loves strong drink, and may have forged a pass to travel
      with. He pretended to be lame in his foot, with a sprain, when he went away,
      and came from Ireland last spring with Captain Mackey. Whoever takes up said
      servant and sends him to Philadelphia goal, or secures him in any other
      goal, and sends him to the Philadelphia goaler, shall have Thirty Shillings
      Reward, and reasonable charges.


      October 30, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the Subscriber in Newport, an Irish Servant Man, named John
      Purday, and Mary, his Wife, the said John Purday is about 5 Feet 9 Inches
      high, and about 27 Years of Age, is pitted with the Small pox, has strait
      pale Hair commonly tied behind; had on, when he went away, a light coloured
      Coat, and Thickset Jacket and Breeches, Worsted Stockings, his Hat sharp
      cocked, and appears very neat in his Clothes, has been a Soldier in
      Flanders, speaks very good English, a little inclined to the Scotch Accent.
      His Wife is a little short thin woman, dark Complexion, dark frizled hair,
      speaks broad Scotch. They are about 6 Weeks in from Ireland, and came in the
      Ship Marquis of Granby. Whoever takes up the said John Purday, so as his
      Master may have him again, shall have Twenty Shillings Reward, and
      reasonable Charges, paid by me ROBERT ALL, or by applying to Mr. JAMES
      ALEXANDER, Merchant in Water street, Philadelphia.

      ROBERT ALL.


      November 6, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      THIRTY SHILLINGS Reward.
      RUN away, on the 2d Instant, from the Subscriber, living in Leacock
      Township, Lancaster County, a Servant Lad, named Samuel Askin, came lately
      in the Ship Rose from the North of Ireland; he is a short set Lad, with long
      black Hair, commonly hanging round his Shoulders, thin Visage, small brown
      Eyes, and has a dull Look: Had on, when he went away, a brown Coat, with a
      small Cape, slash Sleeves, and yellow Buttons, Cloth Jacket and Breeches,
      something different in Colour from the Coat, and full long for him, with
      yellow Buttons, Dimity or Linen under Jacket, bluish rubbStockings, and half
      worn Shoes. Whoever takes up and secures said Servant, so as his Master may
      have him again, shall have the above Reward, by applying to James Stephens,
      in Philadelphia, or to the Subscriber,

      MOSES BRINTON.

      N.B. It is supposed said Servant is now in Philadelphia.


      November 13, 1766
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away, the 29th of October, from the Subscriber, living at Christine
      Bridge, Newcastle county, a convict servant woman, named Alice McCarty,
      alias Eleanor Brown, about 35 years of age, born in Ireland, has brown hair,
      very lusty and fat; had on, and took with her, an old brown camblet gown, 2
      short gowns, the one white linen, the other dark calicoe, both new, a cream
      coloured skirt, a red quilt, 2 check aprons, a pair of neat made mens shoes,
      and a pair of diamond cut silver buckles, marked E. H. a linen handkerchief,
      spotted red and white, coarse sheet and blanket, and a pair of womens shoes,
      all which she stole when she went away; it is supposed she is in company
      with a man, his name unknown. Said servant has been several times whipped in
      the workhouse, in Philadelphia, and whipped for theft at the public post.

      N.B. The master of the servant forgot to put his name to his advertisement.


      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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