1769: John Erwin, convict servant man, Runaway, Richmond Co. VA.
RICHMOND county, May 27, 1769.
RUN away from the Subscriber, on Monday the 15th of May, a convict servant man, John Erwin, a joiner by trade, is about 5 feet 8 inches high, wears his own hair, which is dark and bushy, is pitted with the smallpox, has light grey eyes, looks remarkably dull and stupid; had on when he went away a light brown cloth jacket and breeches, old oznabrigs shirt, and carried with him an old light coloured great coat. Whoever takes up the said Servant, and delivers him to the Subscriber, shall receive forty shillings reward, besides what the law allows.
Source: Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Virginia, June 15, 1769; Pg. 3, Column 3