1856--Jane Wayne and Children Escape


1856--Jane Wayne and Children Escape
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The narrative of Jane Wayne of Amherstburg, Ontario, dated circa 1894: Her first slaveholder was John Hester. She was sold to Tom Porter at 12 years old (also in Flemingsburg). Porter moved to Covington, KY, and took "all nine of us" with him.

Fearing the breakup of her family, she and her three children, with the help of the Cincinnati conductor Bob Russell and two unnamed men, escaped enslavement on a Sunday in November “the year Fremont ran” (referring to the 1856 Presidential candidate John C. Fremont.) They settled in Amherstburg, Essex, Ontario.

The eldest daughter married Henry H. Young.
African American(s): Jayne (Jane) Wayne
Slave holder(s): Tom Porter
Porter, Thomas
Other participant(s): John Hester; Bob Russell
Hester, John
Amherstburg (Ont.)
Covington (Ky.)
Related resource
Wayne family
Russell family
Hester family
Porter family
Bibliographic citation
Ohio: Hamilton County file, Wilbur H. Siebert Collection, Ohio History Connection.

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Items with "Participant in: 1856--Jane Wayne and Children Escape"
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Hester, John Person
Porter, Thomas Person