A Runaway a Day 4 (of 5)

Ruth Verbunt dressed as Catherine Thillen, photographed by Sarah Christine photography

Some advertisements revealed details about the person’s history and situation, as well as their physical characteristics and possessions. This affords an avenue for further research on the individual.

Two Dollars Reward. Run away from the subscriber, living in Upper Salford township, Philadelphia county, on Friday, the 27th of August last, a Dutch servant Girl, named Catherine Thillen, she is about 21 or 22 years of age, of a blackish complexion, with a round full face, black hair, and is a middle sized woman; she came in this country last Christmas, and was sold from on board a vessel to one Charles Pryor, in Philadelphia, and afterwards assigned to the subscriber; she had six years to serve, from the time she came in the country; had on, when she went away, a green woollen woman’s jacket, a bluish mixed petticoat, a Dutch calicoe quilted cap, a tow apron, and old shoes; she took two white shirts with her, and sundry other things, not known; she was seen on Skippack road, going to Philadelphia, and says she had friends living there. Whoever takes up said servant, and secures her in the workhouse, in Philadelphia, or in any goal, and gives notice to her master, shall have the above reward, and reasonable charges, paid by Michael Croll.  [Pennsylvania Gazette, September 8, 1773]




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