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Henson, Josiah (1789–1883), escaped slave, slavery abolitionist, and Methodist minister, was born on 15 June 1789 in Charles county, Maryland, USA, one of six children of slave parents. He experienced the harsh realities of slavery early in life. He saw his father receive 100 lashes and then have his ear cut off as punishment for defending his mother from the plantation overseer. His father was then sold south and was never heard from again. ...

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Pero [known as William Jones, Pero Jones] (1752/3–1798), slave and personal servant, was said to have been twelve years old when he was bought from Joanna Jones by John Pinney on Nevis in the Leeward Islands, the West Indies, for £115 sterling...