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    February 19, 1767 The Pennsylvania Gazette RUN away, on the 10th of January, from the Subscriber, living in St. George Hundred, New Castle County, a Servant
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      February 19, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away, on the 10th of January, from the Subscriber, living in St. George
      Hundred, New Castle County, a Servant Man, named William Hewes, born in
      Philadelphia, about 5 Feet 4 Inches high, fair Complexion, round Face, about
      21 Years of Age, has lost a Joint of the fore Finger of his Left Hand: Had
      on, when he went away, a knit Cap, with brown, red and white Diamonds,
      coarse homespun Cloth Jacket, and a brown under Jacket, Buckskin Breeches,
      blue Yarn Stockings, and good Shoes, with Brass Buckles. He has been in
      several parts of Europe, and came last from Ireland, says he served some
      time with James Chattin, Printer. He is supposed to be gone toward
      Philadelphia. All Masters of Vessels are desired not to harbour or carry him
      off. Whoever takes up said Servant, and secures him, so as his Master may
      have him again, shall have Thirty Shillings Reward, and reasonable Charges,
      paid by HENRY WALL.


      March 19, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Leacock, Lancaster County, March 4, 1767.
      TEN POUNDS Reward. MADE his Escape from Samuel Finley, Constable, Cornelius
      McMurphy, a Taylor by Trade, born in the County of Antrim in Ireland; about
      25 Years of Age, 5 Feet 10 Inches high, pale Visage, dark Complexion, with
      black curled hair; had on when he went away, a blue Serge Coat, Leather
      Breeches, white Shirt, woollen Stockings, old Shoes, with square Silver
      Buckles; he has a Silver Watch with a Steel Chain, supposed to have taken
      with him a Sky blue coloured Coat, and a Silk Orange coloured Jacket, with
      Flounces down the Breasts and Skirts; one Pair of new Pumps, a Beaver Hat,
      and other Clothes not known; he has one if his Fingers on this Left Hand a
      little crooked by a Swelling lately in it; he worked down by Smith Furnace
      at this Trade; when he drinks much his Face gets very red. Whoever takes up
      said Fellow, and secures him in any of his Majesty Goals, shall receive the
      above Reward, paid by SAMUEL FINLEY, or BENJAMIN VERNOR.

      N.B. All Person are forewarned not to harbour the above Person, and all
      Masters of Vessels are forbid to carry him, off, at their Peril.


      April 30, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the subscriber, living at the Cross Roads, near New Castle, a
      servant man, named Samuel Smith, about 34 years of age, about 5 feet 7
      inches high, pock marked, short black hair, and a Roman nose; he speaks
      Erse, is much given to drink, swears much when in liquor, and came from
      Ireland last fall with Capt. McIlvaine; had on a brown cloth coat and
      jacket, buckskin breeches, and new shoes. There is supposed to be with him a
      servant, named Samuel Price, a Woolcomber, and has been long in this
      country. Whoever takes up said servants, and secures them, to that their
      masters may have them again, shall have Four Pounds for both, or Forty
      Shillings for each, with reasonable charges, paid by ANDI MCBAY, or JOHN
      SINGLETON.


      April 23, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      THREE POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away from the subscriber, living in Lampeter township, Lancaster county,
      on the 12th of April inst. a servant man, named James Foral, by trade a
      blacksmith, born in Ireland, and came to this country about 10 months ago,
      he is about 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, of a fair complexion, pitted with
      the small pox, has stoop shoulders, and bends out at the knees very much as
      he walks, and short curled hair; had on and took with him, when he went
      away, a blue broadcloth coat, red double breasted jacket, cloth coloured
      cloth breeches, and striped trowsers. Whoever takes up and secures said
      servant, to that his master may have him again, shall have the above reward,
      and reasonable charges, paid by

      PETER KLINE.


      May 21, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the subscriber, living in Leacock township, Lancaster County,
      on the 10th of this inst. May, a servant man, named John Dawson, born in
      Scotland, and came in with one John Donnal, from Belfast, near two years
      ago, aged about 22 or 23 years, about 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, chunkey
      made, of a sickly complexion, and dull look, black hair, commonly tied
      behind; wears a good felt hat, with yellow buttons, a blue coat and
      waistcoat, with horn buttons, a new coarse shirt, old patched buckskin
      breeches, old white yarn stockings, old shoes and brass buckles. Whoever
      secures said servant, so that his master may have him again, shall have
      thirty Shillings reward, and reasonable charges, paid by ROBERT CLENCH.

      N.B He had been some time a soldier in the Queen regiment in Ireland.


      May 21, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away, on the 8th of February last, from the Subscriber, living in
      Blockley Township, Philadelphia County, a Servant Man, named William Jones,
      but since he left me goes by the Name of William Evans, by Trade a Tanner,
      about 25 Years of Age, 5 Feet 9 Inches high, a dark Complexion, a lively
      light footed Man, has short black Hair, is well set, his two little Fingers
      are crooked, talks Welch, and is a Welchman, though he says he is an
      Englishman, he served 7 Years in the Town of Bristol, in Old England, and
      can do almost any Sort of Farming Business; had on, when he went away, a
      light coloured Nap Coat, with a bluish home made Worsted Lining, a light
      coloured cloth jacket, remarkably pieced and short, without Pockets or
      Sleeves, black buckskin Breeches, black ribbed yarn Stockings, a Pair of
      half worn Calfskin Pumps, with a Patch on the Toe of one, Buckles not
      Fellows, an old Check Shirt and a new Wool Hat; he is a great Liar, and very
      fond of Negroes Company, drinking and fighting; came into this Country with
      Captain Byrn last Fall from Ireland; he has been in this Country before a
      Soldier, and has got his Discharge with him. Whoever takes up said Servant,
      and secures him, so that his Master may have him again, shall have Three
      Pounds Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by

      ROBERT HOLLAND.


      May 14, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the subscriber, in Cecil county, Maryland, 10 miles from
      Christiana bridge, on Saturday night, the 2d of this instant May, two
      indented servant men, one named Patrick McKogh, a native Irishman, about 20
      years of age, came in last fall from Ireland, talks much on the brogue, and
      is by trade a cooper; had on, when he went away, a snuff coloured coat and
      jacket, half worn, with mohair buttons, blue country made cloth breeches,
      lined with linen. The other named Thomas McNeely, came in last May from
      Ireland, about 20 years of age, by trade a cooper; had on, a light coloured
      country made coat, with blue and white drugget lining, and white metal
      buttons, a double breasted scarlet jacket, and snuff coloured cloth
      breeches, stockings uncertain, as he had several pair with him, old and new
      shoes, with Pinchbeck buckles. Both about 5 feet 5 inches high, and wore
      their own short brown hair; they are both good scholars, and it is like may
      forge a pass. Whoever takes up and secures said servants, so that the
      subscriber may have them again, shall have three Pounds reward, or thirty
      Shillings for either, and reasonable charges paid by AMOS ALEXANDER.

      N.B. Said McNeely has followed the soap boiling business.


      May 28, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away, in the Evening of the 15th Instant, from the Subscriber, living in
      Nockamixon Township, Bucks County, an indented Servant Man, who writes his
      Name Nicholas Forster Hughes, but is likely he may change it, born in
      Ireland, but speaks good English, of small Stature, slender built, thin
      Face, a little marked with the Small pox, has thin blackish Hair, which he
      endeavours to curl and has a Scar (it is thought) over his Right Eye brow:
      Had on, when he went away, an old Beaver Hat, blue Broadcloth Coat, half
      worn, greyish napped cloth Jacket lined with red, without Sleeves, and
      Breeches of the same, lined with Check, Check and white Linen Shirts, black
      and blue ribbed Worsted Stockings, and Calfskin Pumps, with Buckles. He has
      followed keeping School since he came in the Country, and is apt to brag of
      his learning, when in Liquor, which he will be as often as he can get it.
      Whoever takes up and secures said Servant so as his master may have him
      again, shall have Three Pounds Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by

      JAMES LOUGHREY.

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


      June 4, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Lancaster, May 27, 1767.
      WAS committed to my custody, the 21st of last April, on suspicion of being
      runaway servants, Richard Merryman, a low set fellow, about 5 feet 4 inches
      high, red hair, much freckled, and speaks much with the Irish accent; says
      he served his time in George Town, on Potowmack, Maryland, with one James
      Divin, and has the counter part of his indenture with him. And Thomas
      McVenny, about 5 feet 6 inches high, well built, dark brown hair, of a dark
      complexion, and says he came in here from Ireland last fall with Captain
      Davis, and that he paid him for his passage, but can produce no receipt for
      the same. Their masters, if any they have, are desired, in four weeks after
      the date hereof, to come, pay their charges, and take them away, or they
      will be sold out for their fees by MATTHIAS BUGH, Goaler.


      July 30, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      THREE POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away, the 22d inst. from the Subscriber, in London grove Township,
      Chester County, a Servant Man, named JOHN CHRISTY, a lusty well set Fellow,
      about 26 or 27 Years of Age, 5 Feet 10 or 11 Inches high, has strait brown
      Hair, of a fair Complexion; he has been lately in Lancaster Goal for having
      two Wives and afterwards advertised and put in Chester Goal, and sold out
      for his Fees. He was born in Ireland, but has been a considerable Time in
      this Country. Had on when he went away, a homespun redish brown Cloth
      Jacket, Tow Trowsers, a strong new Shirt of Russia sheeting, old Shoes, with
      Brass Buckles, and a middling good Furr Hat, about half worn. He had no
      Money, and it is thought he will steal other Apparel. Whoever takes up and
      secures said Servant, in any of his MajestyGoals, so that his Master may
      have him again, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by
      JOHN BALDWIN.


      July 23, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      July 3, 1767.
      RUN away last night from the subscriber, living in Norrington township,
      Philadelphia county, an indented servant man, named John Diermond, a native
      of Ireland, about 22 years of age, about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, of a
      pale complexion, a little pitted with the small pox, has a down look, near
      sighted, brown hair, sometimes tied; had on, when he went away, a brown
      jacket, made sailor fashion, a fustian ditto, with the back blue cloth, a
      pair of blue cloth breeches, check shirt, blue yarn stockings, and half worn
      shoes, with brass buckles; he took with him a pair of two trowsers, and some
      other wearing apparel. Whoever takes up said servant, and secures him so as
      his master may have him again, shall have Four Dollars reward, and
      reasonable charges, paid by ARCHIBALD THOMPSON, junior.

      N.B. All masters of vessels are forbid to carry him off at their peril.


      August 27, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the subscriber, living near Sasquehanna Lower Ferry, on
      Sunday, the second instant, a servant lad, named Roger Hagon, lately come
      from Ireland, aged about 16 years, about 5 feet high; had on when he went
      away, an old felt hat, a flax and tow shirt, a pair of old leather breeches,
      no shoes or stockings, neither coat or jacket, his hair of a black colour,
      and lately cut off, pretty fair complexion. He speaks with something of the
      brogue, and is very talkative. It is thought he went in company with a
      certain James Barns, a young man, about 18 years old, 5 feet 10 inches high,
      and well set; he had on and took with him, when he went away, a castor hat,
      check shirt, black calimanco jacket, blue breeches, thread stockings, a pair
      of shoes or pumps, having both kinds with him he had also two coats, one of
      blue cloth, bound with ferreting the other of country cloth, of a lightish
      colour, two fine shirts, and a black silk handkerchief; it is very probable
      they will keep together as much as possible. Whoever takes up the above
      Roger Hagon and secures him, so that his master may have him again, shall
      have FOUR DOLLARS, reward and reasonable charges, paid by JAMES PORTER.


      September 3, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Uwchland township, Chester county, August 28,, 1767.
      RUN away last night, from the subscriber, a native Irish servant man, named
      Patrick Brown, lately arrived from Ireland in the snow Sarah, Captain
      Taylor, by trade a gardiner, is of a fair complexion, looks sickly, having
      had the ague for some time past, is a thick well set fellow, about 5 feet 7
      or 8 inches high, wears his hair tied behind: Had on an old fine linen
      shirt, blue jacket, without sleeves, a frize jacket, of a grey colour,
      striped ticken breeches, yarn stockings, good shoes, with brass buckles, and
      a half worn hat. Whoever takes up and secures said servant, so as his master
      may have him again, shall have FORTY SHILLINGS reward, and reasonable
      charges, paid by

      DENNIS WHELEN.


      October 1, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      THREE POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away, on the 20th ult. from the subscriber, an apprentice servant man,
      born in Ireland, by trade a taylor, of a dark complexion, black short hair,
      had on, when he went away, a red cloth jacket, without sleeves, a beaver
      hat, bound with tape, check flannel shirt, check trowsers, half worn pair of
      shoes, with yellow metal buckles, a pair of buckskin breeches; he is about 5
      feet 4 inches high, about 27 years old, his name Timothy Downey, remarkably
      slow in speech, and seemingly very quiet. Whoever takes up and secure said
      apprentice, so that his master may have him again, shall receive the above
      reward, paid by

      DAVID PARRY.


      October 8, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      FORTY SHILLINGS Reward.
      RUN away, the 27th day of September last, at night, from the subscriber,
      living in Leacock township, Lancaster county, a servant lad, named Samuel
      Askin, came in the ship Rose last fall from the north of Ireland, a little
      set fellow, about 5 feet 3 inches high, 23 years old, of a dark complexion,
      small dark eyes, long thin nose, wears his own long brown hair, cut at top,
      and tied behind; had on, and took with him, a good cloth coat, brown
      coloured buttons round the cuff, and up the sleeve, trimmed full, with
      yellow gilt buttons, a jacket nearly of the same, the back parts dull
      coloured twilled flannel, not so long as before, half worn drab breeches,
      with black horn buttons, half worn felt hat, cocked up with pins, two new
      tow shirts, and one of flax, good thick new shoes, with one steel, and one
      carved yellow buckle. Whoever takes up and secures the said servant, so that
      his master may have him again, shall receive the above reward from

      MOSES BRINTON.


      October 15, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      SIX POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away, on Monday, the 17th of August, from the subscriber, living near
      Newark, New Castle county, the following servants, viz. John Bryn, an
      Irishman, aged about 25 years, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, an arch fellow,
      being an old soldier in the American expeditions, both to the westward and
      northward, a ropemaker by trade, given much to drink and searing, and
      trembles very much with his hands, blind of the left eye, but open and
      clear; and as he is a tolerable good scholar, probably will write passes for
      himself and the others, and will be apt to talk about New Castle and
      Wilmington, as he is well known in both places, has short black hair, lately
      cut short before, a midling slim built fellow; had on a tow shirt, striped
      linen trowsers, on old spotted jacket, no shoes nor hat known of. The other
      an Irishman, named John Milighen, aged about 26 years, 5 feet 9 or 10 inches
      high, given to drink, and swears when in liquor, is a good butcher, having
      served a time to that trade in Ireland, a midling set fellow, thin faced;
      had on a tow shirt, tow petticoat trowsers, striped linen jacket, and a pair
      of new shoes, tied with thongs, has a down look when spoke to, with often
      repeating the word Sir, and stroking his hair back, with this hat off, and
      looking downwards. Whoever takes up and secures said servants, so as their
      master may have them again, shall have the above reward, paid by JOSHUA
      McDOWELL.


      December 17, 1767
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      THREE POUNDS Reward.
      RUN away, the second of this instant December, at night, from the
      subscriber, living in Lampeter township, Lancaster county, a servant man,
      named ROBERT BATERBY, a weaver by trade, born in Ireland, about 19 years of
      age, about 5 feet 5 inches high, of a brown complexion, chunky made, and
      short brown hair; had on, when he ran away, a light coloured napt coat,
      lined with white flannel, with dark hair buttons, a snuff coloured
      broadcloth jacket buckskin breeches, blue milled stockings, good shoes, with
      brass buckles, and new wool hat; he served part of his time with Robert
      Clinch, as an hostler, in said county; is much given to drink. Whoever takes
      up and secures said servant, so that his master may have him again, shall
      have the above reward, paid by us. JOHN RAMSAY or ISAAC LEMEN.


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