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Newmarket, Chester County, NH
WAS stolen, on the December 23. 1781-2 from Abraham Emmit's House By one MARY NOWLAND; her age I know not but she is old sold her hair of gray and black to the puke maker, face of putty, red hands well worn and short of height, her teeth are good. She worked helping in the laundry and may be heading to Exeter to relatives, had on a Wooster gown of brown, a white flannel petticoat, a brown changeable silk quilt, cap of fine linen and a black silk bonnett, old Green wool cloak and old red woolen mitts, shoes low and black, took with her, One laundry stick and an old rag, One good linen sheet marked Mary Minor, One white linen apron striped brown, One cream woolen petticoat, One pr white stockings with clocking, One worked pocket market NG, One small woolen pocketbook with red birds and flowers on front flame on back lined in linen, Pr pink silk mitts, One gold necklace with pearl fob, One gold Necklace, One mans gold watch, Pair of spectacles, One mans shirt, Newborn white linen shirt with lace cuffs, white Marcella shirt with lace cuffs, Dipper pattern blanket, Flannel clot, quilted Flannel robe, Linen Cap, Red pudding cap. Girls Frock Pink stripped with flowers has leading strings, linen shift and blue check stays. Whoever takes her up, don't fail To lay her fast in any jail; They will be as a friend regarded, And, as above, shall be rewarded. Who brings her home I will give them it.
Your humble servant, ABRAHAM EMMIT
Fled from his Master in Holliston, a servant Francis Chamberlain, had on a collarless Jacket of drab stuff with mariner's cuffs, buff woolen breeches, red Check'd linsey shirt and farmer's half boots. The small toe of each foot has been frozen off. He has a cheery disposition and is a great and easy liar. Stole and brought away with him, out of his master's shop, a number of pewter Candlesticks, plates, spoons, tools, etc., which he may carry in a large wallet. If any shall catch him up and hold him, shall receive 5 pounds reward for the servant and 10 for the stolen Goods.
Lancaster Goal, July 28, 1775.
THIS day were committed to my custody, as suspicious persons, a certain Nancy Kean, as she calls herself; she is a short thick woman,has black hair, and a fair complexion; had a dark green cloth gown with a white Marseilles petticoat, a black checked apron, and a green silk bonnet; she has a young child sucking at her breast, about ten weeks old, and has with her a daughter with a saucy manner. She pretends that she means to join her husband, a soldier with the 10th Regiment, at the siege of Charles Town.
Deserted, Christopher Anderson, an Irishman, between 35 and 50 Years of Age, a lusty well made man, tall and robust, of a ruddy complexion. He is a slovenly fellow, much addicted to Liquor. Had on, when he deserted, a blue canvas jacket, brown check'd waistcoat, Russia trowsers, buckle shoes, a silk Handkerchief, and an old felt hat; he carried with him a hunting bag and horn. I will give four dollars to any person who will secure him. As Desertion is become but too common, it is to be hoped that every Friend and Wellwisher to the Cause will exert himself in bringing such Offenders to Justice, and thereby timely suppress an Evil, which if not discouraged, must be attended with the worst of Consequences.
John R. Davies, Lieutenant. January 3, 1777
RUN AWAY from the SUBSCRIBER
Ran away from Braintree early January, a Servant Man name MATHIAS. Took with him a Document Box Containing Pen and Ink. 6 feet high, pale wearing his natural hair, as it remains, short. Of solid build with good hands. Known to be illiterate but well spoken, with some words in the French Idiom, said Runaway may pose as a School Master or Fine Joiner.
Had on when he went away worn shoes with paired steel buckles, old yarn stockings, once white, much worn shirt. May be wearing new green linen breeches and vest with bright buttons and wine coloured linings, all under a linnen coat, green-brown, of old cut and battered hat. The breeches have fine metal knee buckles.
I will give Forty Schillings for Him and Box or one quarter for box and contents alone restored to Subscriber. Viz. Reverend Ebenezer Thayer, First Parish, Braintree.
RUN AWAY from the SUBSCRIBER
THIRTY SHILLINGS REWARD
Went away from the Subscriber in Braintree on New Years Day, with property, a Servant Girl, answering to the name of ELEANOR. A quick faced girl of stout stature 5 feet high with a willful and scattered temperament. She took with her two pewter spoons of great Sentimental Value. Was wearing a white linen shift mended at the shoulder, blue stays, much worn, linen petticoats yellow and gray, yellow linen bed gown, brown apron and stockings, ruffled linen cap. It is unlikely she will change clothes. Whoever takes up and secures said servant so that she may be restored to her master shall have the above reward and necessary changes. Ten Shillings will be given for the return of the spoons.
Edmund Soper, Merchant, of Braintree.
Ninth Month 25th, 1774.
FOUR DOLLARS Reward.
RUN away from the subscriber on the 21st of December last, a hearty Irish servant woman, named CATHERINE WATERSON, about 40 years of age, she is thick and fat, of a forward Conduct, and talks loud and coarse; has had four or five Children, and has left two behind her. She has very long black hair, which she wore either clubbed behind, or platted, and rolled round her head, wears no cap, and old burn marks by her wrists which she may try to disguise. She stole and took with her, a large silver spoon, no otherways marked, than with the maker's name, C. HALL, near the bowl, a worsted knit pincushion, with a silver band, gold wire for her ears, five pairs, with colored stones; had on, and took with her, a pink linen petticoat, a bed gown striped with pale green, check apron, two coarse shifts, with uncommonly wide necks or bosoms, worn purple bonnet, new shoes, thread stockings, and an Indian basket. She being examined, said the spoon was given to her by her grandmother, and that her father is lately dead, and she was going to see her mother, and such like stuff. Whoever secures said servant, so that her master may have her again, shall have the above reward, paid by JAMES GIBBONS, Innkeeper.
Boston Goal, Sept. 17, 1765.
WAS committed to this goal the 3d of September, a boy, who calls himself NICHOLAS KELLY, on suspicion of being a runaway apprentice, about 12 years of age but very poorly grown, brown hair tied sometimes; had on a blue striped smock, old buff linen breeches, and old shoes, and a gray worsted cap. Carried with him a fine white broadcloath waistcoat and a green cloath coat, much taken in; also a sack with numerous articles, viz., shoe buckles, a new linen shirt, a good felt hat, 1 woolen petticoat, part made up, and several pairs men's hose. His master, if any he has, is hereby desired to come, prove his property, pay charges, and take him away, otherwise he will be discharged in three weeks from the date hereof, on paying his fees.
THOMAS TAYLOR, Goaler.
Run away from the Subscriber, in Concord, a middle aged Convict Servant Woman named Susan Fells, stout made, with a swarthy Complexion and a sour temper, has dark hair. She had on a dark striped linnen bed gown, a coarse brownish linnen petticoat, an old-fashioned cap of which she has the habit to wear with the ends turned up, and a red Silk Handkerchief around her Neck. She was seen heading down the South road, and has a brother in or near the city of New York, named Lee, to which place it is likely she may go. Whoever takes up said servant, and secures her in any gaol, so that her master may have her again, shall receive Fifteen Shillings reward, and reasonable charges, paid by Michael Bright. July 29, 1773