Mary didn’t hesitate. She found some men’s clothing that fit well enough, gathered a small bag, and left by night. When she reached the steamer dock and her contact, she was required to climb into a wooden crate, which was then nailed shut and carried aboard the steamer.
“I told [him] I had acted according to his orders. He had told me to look for a master, and I had been to look for one. He answered that he did not tell me to go to Canada to look for a master. I told him that as I had served him faithfully, and had been the means of putting a number of hundreds of dollars into his pocket, I thought I had a right to my liberty.”
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One of the lesser known founding fathers, Samuel Huntington was early proof of the fact that in America, a man with ambition willing to work hard can achieve almost anything. Samuel was not born rich or privileged, like so many … Continued
What did Francis Lewis do? Continuing series on the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Francis Lewis was born in Wales, child of Reverend Francis and Amy Lewis. Both parents died by the time he reached age four, and his … Continued
Did you know… Mary Ellen Pleasant (19 August 1814 – 4 January 1904)? Black history day Mary Ellen’s origins have conflicting sources and birth dates. In one version of her memoirs dictated to her god-daughter Charlotte Downs, she claimed she … Continued
John’s reputation grew, rivaling the legendary cattle king Chisum. A few years after the Gunfight at the OK Corral, men from Tombstone came and asked him to run for sheriff. The Clantons were still there, the pay was low, and the risks were high. But the townspeople were desperate – the town was more lawless than it had ever been. In 1886, John became sheriff of Cochise County