1849--Oscar F. White Attempts Escape



1849--Oscar F. White Attempts Escape



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After an unsuccessful escape attempt ca. 1849, the son of Jane Stephens and John Felix White was sold first to Webb Ross of Georgetown, Kentucky, then to an unnamed slaveholder in Memphis, TN. He enlisted in the 42nd US Colored Infantry on 19 Mar 1864 at Chattanooga, Tennessee under the alias "Oscar Baker". He attained the rank of sergeant and listed his occupation as a mason. After the war, he worked on the Alabama "farm of William Lanier" in 1868. His wife is named Adeline and they have a child named Elen. 1870 census also shows son, Oscar, Jr. "Father Phelix was in Columbus, OH, Mother Jennie in Georgetown, KY" Later widowed, reunited with mother, brother and sister ca 1870. He remarried in 1872 and settled in Boulder, Colorado. He died May 22, 1922.


African American(s): Oscar F. White a.k.a. Oscar Baker
Slave holder(s): Stephens, Benjamin Jr.
Other participant(s): Ross, Webb


Memphis (Tenn.)
Chattanooga (Tenn.)

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"Jenny (White) Carter Information Wanted Ad," The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, PA, 27 Apr 1867


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