A Guide to the Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement, 1840 Coats, Joseph, Jr. Reward Announcement Ms2013-031

Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement, 1840

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-031


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Processed by: Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-031
Title
Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement, 1840
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Coats, Joseph, Jr., Louisa County, Virginia
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of a handwritten announcement, dated August 3, 1840, regarding a runaway slave from the Cuckooville neighborhood of Louisa County, Virginia. Joseph Coats Jr., presumably the slave's master, describes in detail -- including physical characteristics and temperament -- the escaped 18 year old slave named Sam and offers a ten dollar reward for his capture.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement, Ms2013-031, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased by Special Collections in April 2013.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement was completed in July 2013.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a handwritten announcement regarding a runaway slave from the Cuckoo-ville neighborhood of Louisa County, Virginia. Dated August 3, 1840, this letter describes in detail -- including physical characteristics and temperament -- the escaped 18 year old slave named Sam. The author of this document, Joseph Coats Jr., presumably the slave's owner, offers a ten dollar reward to "any persons who will deliver him to me at my house, or secure him in such a manner that I get him again."

It is unclear how this written announcement was meant to circulate, whether as a handbill or possibly a submission to the local newspaper. The first line reads much like a newspaper's run-away slave advertisement: "Run Away. From the subscriber living in the neighborhood of Cuckoo-ville, a negro boy eighteen years of age named Sam..."

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Slavery--United States
  • Geographical Names:

  • Louisa County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Announcement, 1840

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Coats, Joseph, Jr., Louisa County, Virginia