Thursday, February 17, 2011

Forced Laborers - Maryland Runaways 1770-1774

Thank you for being patient with me while I learn the “ins and outs” of Genealogy! Starting this week, the Genealogy Blog will come out on Thursdays.


We have received a new book that caught my attention due to the title: “Drinks Hard and Swears Much” White Maryland Runaways 1770-1774 by Joseph Lee Boyle.

Some colonists who came to America were indentured servants and laborers. Some of these people were criminals. The investors who underwrote the transportation of these forced laborers placed ads in newspapers offering rewards for the apprehension of runaways and/or notices of their capture. This book is a compilation of these ads. Mr. Boyle identifies more than 2,000 individuals in these ads. The ads describe the person’s physical attributes, the items of clothing they were wearing at the time they ran away, and how much the reward was.

At this time it can be found in the New Genealogy section R GEN 929.3752 BOY

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