Compiled by Sara E. Lewis
From an index to the Virginia Gazette, produced in 1950 by Lester J. Cappon and Stella F. Duff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Omohundro Institute) with additional Gloucester (including Kingston Parish) material not captured by the indexers. Annual lists of world events put local listings in context. Please review primary source material before citing.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

September 28, 1755 - Dixon, Hobday, Willis

Ran away from the subscriber, living in Gloucester County, a Servant Man, named John Dixon, about 19 or 20 Years of Age, and about 5 Feet 2 Inches high, well-set, of a swarthy Complexion, a full Face, large upper fore Teeth with one of them broke half off, and wears his own Hair, of a dark-brown Color; had on a Felt Hat, a light color’d Cloth or Drugget Wastecoat, and a black Stuff ditto under it, a Pair of black Breeches, black Worsted Stockings, a Pair of Shoes almost new, and a check’d Shirt; he has a Sore on his left Leg, just above the Ancle; says he was born in England, but is suppos’d to be an Irishman; by Trade a Smith, delights much in making Clasp-Knives, and has been used to the Sea. Whoever secures him, so that he may had again, shall have Two Pistoles Reward, paid by

John Hobday.


Ran away from the Subscriber, living in Gloucester County, on the 31st Day of August last, a young, lusty, Negroe Man Slave, named Ben, about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, a very good Ploughman and Carter; he has a smooth Tongue, and a very good Knack at telling a Story. He has stolen a Horse and Saddle and is supposed to be gone to Col. John Willis’s in Brunswick County, or to North-Carolina. Whoever secures him, so that his Master may have him again, shall have a handsome Reward, besides what the Law allows, paid by

Francis Willis, Jun.