The following was written by Bobbi King, EOGN.com’s Book Review Editor:
Delaware Runaways, 1720-1783, “Very impudent when drunk or sober”
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1763-1768, “much given to Liquor, and chewing Tobacco”
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1769-1772, “much addicted to strong drink and swearing”
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1773-1775, “much given to strong liquor, and low company”
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1776-1783, “she snuffs, drinks and smokes”
By Joseph Lee Boyle. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Company.
Thousands of white Europeans did not come to the American colonies as free men and women. They were transported from Britain as indentured servants, political exiles, or convicts. In every colony, enslaved white persons preceded the engagement of black slaves long before the blacks arrived. Some were abducted to the colonies, some were runaways from impoverished homes selling themselves as servants, and some were exiles and vagabonds. White bound labor remained significant until the American Revolution.