Slavery In Old Pequannock Township

To the left is a newspaper advertisement of a $50.00 reward for two run-away slaves, BILL and JOE, in "Pompton-plains" in 1802. They were owned by Simon Van Ess and Henry Berry.

In "Slave Records of Morris County, New Jersey: 1756 - 1841" compiled and edited by David Miltros, copyright 1991 by the Morris County Heritage Commission, there is listed on page 15 a 1789 ESTATE INVENTORY of Simon (Seijmon) H. Vanness, Pequannock Township:

Is "1 Negro Lad Joe" the same as the "JOE" listed in the advertisement? What do you think?

 

Researched and prepared by Ed Engelbart for the Pequannock Historic District Commission.