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Catalog Number 2016.1.12
Title Deposition of Paul D. Luke describing fugitive slaves of Catherine Lowry and George Booker
Credit line Courtesy of Dr. Jean Marshall von Schilling and Martha Booker, in memory of Hunter Russell Booker & Martha Chisman Booker.
Collection Booker Collection
Object Type Manuscript
Date 1814-05-26
Description/Scope & Content Draft of deposition given by Old Point Comfort light house keeper (Paul D. Luke, on ), describing fugitive slaves (of Catherine Lowry) enlisting into British service during occupation in the War of 1812: "between the fourth and tenth of July 1813 while the British troops had possession of Old P. comfort where I resided as keeper of the light House - I saw three young Negro Men who I was told had just come in - standing together in company with several Soldiers - I walk'd up to them and ask'd where they were from and who they had belong'd to - they said they were from back River and belong'd to the Widow Lowry - I afterward heard a British officer ask them the same questions and receive the same answer - the next day Capt Stewart of the first or second Batalion of the Royal marine Corps who commanded the Guard upon the point - came up stairs into a room adjoining where I was - after seating himself at a table he order'd his servant to go and tell serjeant such a one to bring one of those black fellows up - when the fellow came the Capt ask'd him his name and whether he chose to enlist as a Sailor or Soldier - he said as a Soldier his name was immediately taken down - and the Serjeant was order'd to go down with him and bring up another - and in succession a third - was brought all of whom enter'd as Soldiers - these were the same fellows I spoke to the Day before as mention'd above - they all answer'd to the name of Lowry - but I do not recollect the Christian names [...] them - which was Randal - as the [...]". Document cut off at bottom. Reverse side begins describes the three men entered "as soldiers" and "the Capt immediately ordered them to be sent on board. [text crossed out] I have since understood that a Negro woman beloging to Mrs. Lowry - and another belonging to Mr George Booker - upon back River came down with those fellows," going on to describe one of the women and the distance from which he saw her.
Extent of Description 1 leaf (fragment)
Related units of description See National Archives: Record Group 76 (Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations, 1716-1994), PI 177 190 / NAID 1174160. This deposition relates to testimony in claim files 131, 541, and 788. The draft being incomplete, the deponent's name, deposition date, and fugitive slaves' names given in this record are taken from the complete copy in the NARA file.
People Lowry, Catherine
Luke, Paul D.
Booker, George, I
Topics War of 1812
Place Names District--Langley (LAFB/LaRC)
Site--Shellbanks (Lowry Farm)
District--Fort Monroe
Structure--Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
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