Pittsburgh Gazette Abstracts 1797-1803
1798: $100 Reward for securing and bring home Negro PHILL, who absconded on Friday the 25th inst.---he is a stout well made fellow, about 26 years of age, 5' 10 or 11" high, tolerable black, and has a scar on his nose---had on and took with him a pair of new tow linnen trowsers and shirt, a fine ditto ruffled at the bottom an much worn,...he is barefooted---it is supposed he will make for the Indian country or the back parts of Pennsylvania, as this is the second attempt he has made---he was brought from Pittsburgh about 6 months past, when he had been runaway eighteen months, and in that time had been frequently in the Indian country as far as Shenango and Le Boeuff---he was handcuffed when he made his escape, but will certainly get them taken off, and will probably get a forged pass and endeavor to pass as a free man, as he had one before and called himself Phill REED, which name it is likely he will change to some other. I will give $20 if he is taken within this state and secured so that I get him again, and if taken out of the state and brought home to me on Braddock's road 9 miles west of Allegheny county state of Maryland, the above reward. /s/John CAMPTON, jun. June 8.