Re: Johannes Stephen Eleazer
I wish I could remember who sent me the South Caraoina Gazette article of June 11, 1750. I think I sent it to you before. Here it is again:
South Carolina Gazette out of Charlston, June 11, 1750 issue, next to back page, had the following notice published along with the Sales, found livestock, and runaway slave announcements.
"...Also run away from Mr. Robert Quince at Cape fear, another Dutchman, his indentured servant, names Johannes Stephen Ellizer. Whoever will bring both or either of these (Note: Another Dutchman was also included)"
I realize indentured servants could not get land grants. My theory is that Johannes came over as a free person on the ship Captain Crawford but was mistakenly classified as an indentured servant under Mr. Quince. It may have been a mistake or a racket to get cheap labor.Johannes's petition for a land grand states he was "one of those unhappy people that came on Captain Crawford..."What were they unhappy about? I think he ran away and eventually was able to prove he was not an indentured servant.I can't prove it.