was a free colored man in the state of Delaware
He married a woman who was slave to George Black.
They had several children, and when they became old enough to be of some value as property, their parents were continually anxious lest Mr. Black
should sell them to some Georgia
speculator, to relieve himself from pecuniary embarrassment; an expedient which was very often resorted to under such circumstances.
visited his wife, they often talked together on the subject; and at last they concluded to escape to a free state.
They went to Philadelphia
and hired a small house.
He sawed wood, and she took in washing.
Being industrious and frugal, they managed to live very comfortably, except the continual dread of being discovered.
In December, 1804, when they had been thus situated about two years, her master obtained some tidings of them, and immediately went in pursuit.
A friend happened to become aware of the fact, and hastened to inform them that Mr. Black
was in the city.
Samuel forthwith sent his wife and children to a place of safety; but he remained at home, not supposing that he could be in any danger.
The master arrived shortly after, with two constables, and was greatly exasperated when he found that his