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Nathaniel Booth - escaped slave

I am researching the story of the Nathaniel Booth:

THE STORY (brief version) - see link

In 1844, Nathaniel Booth, an escape slave, settles in Lowell, Massachusetts and opens a barbershop. When the Federal Fugitive
Slave Law passes in 1850, "one or two slave catchers" are seen in Lowell and Booth flees to Canada. Shortly, he returns to live with another African American, Walker Lewis, and his family. The Lowell Free Soilers Party also offers protection. They publicly encourage escape slaves seeking freedom in Canada to return home to Lowell, one member expressing "a willingness to suffer death rather than let a fugitive slave be caught when it was within his power to prevent it." In 1851 when slave catchers return for Booth, Linus Child, Boott Mill agent, raises money from the community to purchase Booth's freedom. In 1855, the Massachusetts Legislature extends the Personal Liberty Law, which practically nullifies the 1850 Federal Fugitive Slave Law. The South views this action as defiance of the Federal Constitution and the tension between the South and the North grows.

BOOTH Family:

Nathaniel Booth moves from Lowell in the late 1850s, first to Boston and than to Philadelphia. He and his wife Fanny have 5 daughters and 1 son (Robert).

Their son Robert Booth marries Lucia (Trent - I think); they have 2 sons (Trent and Robert) and 1 daughter (Frances). In 1930 they live on Master Street in Philadelphia.

Trent Booth was born in Aug 1910 and died in July 1987. He receives his Social Security" while living in Langhorne, PA.

I am interested to finding current family members. Can you help?

Thank you.
Martha Mayo, Director
Center for Lowell History
University of Massachusetts Lowell


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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