Finding Aaron

Document A

Virginia Gazette December 17, 1767

RUN away from the subscriber, a Mulatto fellow named AARON, about 5 feet 10 inches high, about 19 years old, and marked on each cheek IR. Whoever brings the said fellow to the subscriber, in Chesterfield, shall have Forty Shillings reward, besides what the law allows. HENRY RANDOLPH

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Document B

Virginia Gazette April 28, 1768

Chesterfield county, April 18 RUN away from the subscriber, on Wednesday the 23d of December last, a Mulatto fellow named Aaron, about 5 feet 10 inches high, 19 or 20 years old, and marked on each cheek, I.R. though the letters are not very plain; the said fellow calls himself Aaron Griffin, as I understand, and he passes by that name as a freeman. All masters of vessels are desired to be careful not to carry him out of the colony, as they may depend on being prosecuted with rigour, if it can be proved. Whoever secures him, and delivers him to me, shall receive five pounds reward, if taken in this colony, and ten pounds if taken in any other. HENRY RANDOLPH.

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Document C

Virginia Gazette December 22, 1768

RUN away from the subscriber, the 13th of October last, a Negro fellow called AARON, about 5 feet 11 inches high, about 20 years of age, of a yellow complexion, is a spare made fellow, and has been branded on each cheek IR, though not plain. Whoever conveys the said Negro to the subscriber, in Chesterfield county, shall have FIVE POUNDS reward. HENRY RANDOLPH.

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Document D

Virginia Gazette Nov. 2, 1769

RUN away from the subscriber, two Negro men, viz. SAM, about 30 years of age, branded on his cheek R. AARON, about 21 years of age, has been branded with the same brand as Sam, but it is almost worn out. They are both of a lowerish complection. Whoever apprehends the said Negroes, and brings them to me in Amelia, or to Henry Randolph in Chesterfield, shall have 5 lb. reward. JOHN RANDOLPH.

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Document E

Virginia Gazette Jan. 3, 1771

RUN away from the Subscriber, in Chesterfield, on the 30th of June last, a Mulatto Man Slave named AARON, who brought suit against my Father (Henry Randolph) in the General Court, for his Freedom, in the name of Aaron Griffin. The Suit was determined last October Twelvemonth in my Father's Favour, though probably the said Fellow may change his Name and endeavour to pass for a Freeman, as many of his Colour got their Freedom that Court. He is two and twenty Years of Age, about five Feet nine or ten Inches high, and marked on each Cheek IR, the Letters very dull; he has straight Hair, and a very remarkable Set of Teeth, which ride one above another. The said Fellow is outlawed. Whoever brings me his Head shall have TEN POUNDS reward; and if brought alive, or secured so that I get him, FIVE POUNDS. JOHN RANDOLPH. N.B. All Masters of Vessels are forewarned from carrying any such Fellow out of the Country.

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Document F

Virginia Gazette Jan. 10, 1771

RUN away from the subscriber living in Chesterfield county, on the 30th of last June, a mulatto man slave named AARON, who brought suit against my father, Henry Randolph, in the General Court, for his freedom, in the name of Aaron Griffing, but the suit was detemined last October was twelve months in my father's favour, though probably the said fellow may change his name, and endeavour to pass for a freeman, as many of his colour got their freedom that court. The said fellow is 22 years of age, is about 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, marked on each cheek I. R. the letters are very dull, has strait hair, and a very remarkable set of teeth, which ride one above another. The said fellow is now out-lawed. Whoever brings his head, separate from his body, shall have TEN POUNDS reward, and if brought alive, or secured so that I may get him, FIVE POUNDS.

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