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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    September 18, 1755 The Pennsylvania Gazette RUN away from the Subscriber, on the 10th instant, an Irish servant man, named Charles Maguire, about 23 Years of
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      September 18, 1755
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away from the Subscriber, on the 10th instant, an Irish
      servant man, named Charles Maguire, about 23 Years of age, 5
      feet 9 inches high: took with him a sorrel horse, with a blaze
      on his face, and a saddle about half wore, without housings.
      Had on when he went away, a blue cloth coat, with metal
      buttons, a new pair of leather breeches, a white shirt, fine
      hat, new shoes, and worsted stockings; he is a palavering
      fellow, and is freckled on his face and hands; it is supposed
      he will endeavour to get a passage in some vessel to Ireland,
      or the West Indies. Any Person that will take up and secure
      said servant, so as the subscriber may have him again, shall
      have Two Pistoles reward, paid by JOHN REILY, living in
      Frederick county, Maryland.

      January 22, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away on the 28th of December last, from the subscriber, A
      servant lad, named George Bath, about 20 years of age, born in
      Old England, about 5 feet 9 inches high, stoops much, and has a
      reel in his walk: Had on when he went away, A light colour
      ratteen coat, with white metal buttons, brown broadcloth
      jacket, black leather breeches, blue yarn stockings, good
      shoes, with large brass buckles, ozenbrigs shirt, a brown cut
      wig, a good hat, and a red and white silk handkerchief.

      Also run away on the 18th instant, one John McNeil, of
      middle stature, born in Ireland, and pretends to be a drummer.
      Had on when he went away, A good bearskin coat, with large
      white metal buttons on it, brown broadcloth jacket, white
      Spanish broadcloth breeches, much worn and dirtied, blue milled
      worsted stockings, good shoes, with small steel buckles, blue
      and white cotton cap, and a good beaver hat. Whoever takes up
      and secures said servants, so that their master may have them
      again, shall have Forty Shillings reward for each, or Three
      Pounds for each, with reasonable charges, if brought to Edward
      Matthews, nailor, in Philadelphia.

      February 5, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Chester, January 24, 1756.
      Taken up as runaways, and now in Chester goals, one John
      Bryan, says he was born in the county of Cork, in Ireland, has
      been almost two years in the country, came in the skow Lisbon,
      Capt. Row, arrived that New Castle on Delaware, and bought off
      the same by one James White, in Queen Annecounty, Maryland.
      The other named John Peter Overton, says he is a freeman, and
      served his Time with William Foster, of Evesham township,
      Burlington county, in the Jerseys. These are therefore to
      desire the said James White and William Foster, if they have
      any demands against the above, or any other person that has,
      to come in five weeks from the date hereof, otherwise they
      will he discharged, paying their charges. SAMUEL SMITH, Goaler.

      March 4, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      RUN away on the 13th of last month, from the subscriber,
      living in Bordentown, in the county of Burlington, and western
      division of New Jersey, A likely servant lad, named Patrick
      Weldon, he is a native of Ireland, and has something of the
      brogue on his tongue, about 19 years of age, of a fair
      complexion, somewhat down looking. Had on, and took with him,
      A felt hat, an old brown vest, and an under one, the fore
      parts black broad cloth, and the back brown camblet, the
      skirts rounded before, and an old bearskin one, made sailor
      fashion, patched on the elbows, new ozenbrigs shirt, and an
      old check one, leather breeches, that has been died black, but
      are much faded, with metal buttons, yarn stockings, old shoes,
      newly soaled, with steel buckles in them. Whoever will secure
      him so that his master may have him again shall have Three
      Pounds reward, and reasonable charges, paid by me.

      EDWARD PANCOAST.

      N.B. It is supposed he will get to sea. He pretends to be
      something of a sailor; therefore this serves to forewarn all
      masters of vessels not to carry him off at their peril.

      June 10, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      THREE POUNDS Reward,
      RUN away about the middle of April last, from the Sheriff of
      Kent county on Delaware, (being then under execution) a certain
      James Fulton, by trade a weaver, but has for some time past
      followed pedling, and horse jockeying, north of Ireland born,
      speaks broad, about five feet six inches high, thin visaged,
      and has a Roman nose. Whoever takes up and secures said James
      Fulton in any of his majesty goals, shall receive the above
      reward of Three Pounds, and all other reasonable charges, paid
      by CAESAR RODNEY.

      July 1, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Chester, June 26, 1756.

      RUN away, last night, from the Workhouse in Chester, a girl
      that was committed on suspicion of being a servant to one
      Thomas Blair, in West New Jersey. She is advertised in the
      Gazette by the name of Elizabeth Bryan, but calls herself Betty
      Dawson. She was born in Ireland, but denies her country, is
      about 18 years old, of small stature, of a dark complexion, and
      speaks very much through her nose. Had on a blue calimancoe
      gown, striped flannel petticoat, and a black silk bonnet; she
      is bare footed. Whoever brings her to the Work house, shall
      have Twenty Shillings, paid by GEORGE KEITH.

      July 15, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      SIX PISTOLES Reward, Philadelphia, July 4, 1756.

      RUN away last night from John Malcolm, of said city
      sailmaker, an apprentice lad, in William Pennell, 19 years of
      age, born in Ireland, of middle stature, fresh colour,
      smooth faced, has a down look, swaggering gait, and is a
      subtle crafty fellow. Had on a linen cap, with short brown
      hair, or a dark brown wig, a good dark forest cloth coat,
      white linen or fustian jacket, white shirt, new buckskin
      breeches, brown thread stockings, plain round shoe and knee
      silver buckles. He took with him, in a long narrow sail cloth
      bag or wallet, three cloth jackets, two stocks, one neck
      cloth, three white shirts, and one check ditto, one pair good
      black shag breeches, with leather lining.

      Went off in company with him, an apprentice of Mr. James
      James joiner, named George Gordon, aged 27 years, an
      Englishman, a well set fellow, about 5 feet high, of a fair
      complexion, lisps, and is a great talker: Had on a snuff
      colour coat and waistcoat, light cloth breeches, white
      ribbed stockings, good shoes, and copper buckles, cut through.
      He took with him a fustian coat, with white metal buttons, a
      red jacket, half worn hat, and a dark buckled wig. It is
      supposed they are gone either to Maryland or Virginia. Whoever
      secures the said servants in any goal in this or any of the
      neighboring provinces, so that there masters may have them
      again, shall have EIGHT PISTOLES reward for both, or SIX
      PISTOLES for William Pennell, paid by JOHN MALCOLM.
      N.B. All masters of vessels are forbid to carry them off.

      August 5, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Run away the 22d of June, from Anthony Whitley, of New Castle,
      a servant woman, named Mary Cromel, born in Ireland, of a
      middle size, pretty fat, broad face, flat nose, has a lump
      above one eye, black hair, which she wears down her neck. Had
      on when she went away, a linsey woolsey petticoat, with broad
      stripes of black and white, and is suspected of having some
      stolen goods with her. Whoever secures her in any goal, so as
      her master may have her again, shall have Twenty Shillings
      reward, and reasonable charges, paid by ANTHONY WHITLY.


      December 2, 1756
      The Pennsylvania Gazette

      Chester, June 26, 1756.
      RUN way, last night, from the Workhouse in Chester, a servant
      girl, that belonged to Thomas Blair in West New Jersey; she
      was advertised some time ago in this Gazette by the name of
      Elizabeth Burk, but changes her name often, and calls herself
      Betty Brin, Betty Dawson, &c. She was born in Ireland, but
      denies her country, is about 18 years of age, of small
      stature, dark complexion, and speaks much through her nose:
      Had on when she went away, a blue calimancoe gown, striped
      linsey petticoat, and a black silk bonnet, was bare footed. It
      is supposed she is gone towards Annapolis, Maryland, to some
      of her ship mates or friends, who she said lived that way. She
      stoops much as she walks. Whoever takes up said servant, and
      secures her in any goal, so that she may be had again, shall
      have Four Pounds reward, and reasonable charges, paid by
      GEORGE KEITH.

      N.B. I desire that all persons would take notice of this
      advertisement, and secure the girl, wherever found, as it will
      ruin me if she is not got; and not to believe what she says,
      as she will certainly tell many lies. If secured, send notice
      to David Copeland in Chester, or to said George Keith, with
      all speed.

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