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April 16, 1831

Account of Sale of Negro Man Thomas Evans, 1831, Runaway and Escaped Slaves, 1806—1863, Receipts and Reports, Auditor of Public Accounts (APA 759), State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia Account of Sale of Negro Man Thomas Evans, 1831, Runaway and Escaped Slaves, 1806—1863, Receipts and Reports, Auditor of Public Accounts (APA 759), State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

Thomas Evans and Joseph Johnson Were Sold

Thomas Evans and Joseph Johnson were African American men who were arrested and jailed in Norfolk in February 1830 for being runaway slaves. They were advertised as runaways, but after no owners came forth to claim the men, they were held for a year and then sold at auction. The auction was held on March 28, 1831, and on April 16, the account was recorded by the Norfolk Court deputy clerk, listing the payments due for the men's upkeep for the past year. Docketing on the account showed that it was paid in full by June 16, 1831.