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A Indentured Servant of Benjamin Runyan
Posted by: Devin Olivares-Reed (ID *****7863) Date: March 29, 2007 at 20:24:33
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I'm currently researching a possible Ancestor of mine, Amos Reed. I came across this newspaper extract (see below) in "New Jersey Colonial Documents" and want to find more information about this Benjamin Runyan. I think the "subscriber" in this extract is Benjamin Runyan born around 1750 who married Rebecca Barton. This is just a guess based on a few hours of internet/ancestry.com searching . . . and I definitely welcome other thoughts. Basically, I was wondering if anyone has info on Benjamin's "property," or if/where I could begin to search for this. I think the Amos Reed in the extract was an indentured servant that did not complete his contract (and as I mentioned before, may or may not be my ancestor, but I have to look anyway).

"Amwell, in Hunterdon county, Feb. 18, 1771. RUN AWAY from the subscriber, an apprentice boy named AMOS REED, about twenty years of age, thick set, about five feet seven inches high, black hair generally tied behind, brown complexioned, lively spirited, pretty much given to drink; had on when he lincey, plate buttons, a streaked lincey lapelled jacket without lining, with buttons covered with the same, a pair of new buckskin breeches a little sullied with his working in them, he being a shoemaker by trade, a felt hat more than half worn, with a large metal button, blue and white stockings that has been footed, a pair of double soaled shoes, and a new home-spun shirt. Whoever brings home said servant, or secures him in any gaol, so that his master shall have him again, shall have twenty shillings reward per me. Benjamin Runyan."

Thank you so much for your time!
Devin Olivares-Reed (devinreedtx AT yahoo.com)


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