One More River to Cross
In the early to mid-19th century, Isaac Brown, a slave, was accused of the attempted murder of a prominent plantation owner, despite there being no evidence of his guilt. Brown, after enduring two brutal floggings, was shipped to a New Orleans slave pen. From there the resourceful Brown was able to make a daring escape to Philadelphia in the free state of Pennsylvania. His biggest error was writing a note informing his free wife and 11 children in Maryland of his whereabouts. The note was intercepted and led to his arrest and extradition back to Maryland.
While engaged in researching an ancestor named Isaac Brown, Bryan Prince encountered the very high-profile case of what turned out to be a different Isaac Brown. The story of this slave, with its culmination in Brown's dramatic escape and ultimate success in crossing the border into Canada, is the riveting subject of historian Bryan Prince's latest book.
Something to Hope For Twelve: I Can Do My Own Thinkings Thirteen: The River Jordan Is Muddy and Cold Fourteen: Somber Skies and Howling Tempests Epilogue: The Last Mile of the Way Acknowledgements, Notes on Sources, and the Case of The Two Isaac Browns Notes Selected Bibliography About the Author Preface Although the murder had occurred fourteen long years ago, Isaac still replayed the scene a thousand times in his head. The passage of time had made it no less criminal or
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that the case be arrested until he could fully investigate it. The appeal was so granted, and the gut-wrenching case ground to a halt pending the attorney general’s ruling. James and Lucretia Mott were activists and leaders in the anti-slavery movement for much of their married lives. Isaac Brown was just one of legions of former slaves whom they assisted. In addition to their work, which included raising a large family, the couple travelled extensively to
servants. Another white couple also lived on the premises, presumably the overseer and his wife. Along with them were thirty-three slaves of both sexes and a wide range of ages. Most of them worked on their owner’s farms, however, two worked on vessels in the nearby waterways. Within a decade despite the departure of some by sale or by death, the number of slaves would nearly double. Somerville’s wife, Cornelia Olivia Sewell — commonly referred to as Olivia — had a very interesting family
papers of individuals who were involved in the Isaac Brown case, including the William Lloyd Garrison Papers and those of Edmund Quincy, which are in the Quincy, Wendell, Holmes and Upham Family Papers, as well as those of some of their contemporary abolitionist friends who could have been involved, such as the Theodore Parker Papers and Samuel May Papers. Letters of Francis Jackson are also scattered in some of the collections. Records of the Underground Railroad organization, the Boston
Old Man Henson from Slavery to Freedom by John Frost, edited by Peter Meyer 978-1896219578 $22.95 In 1889, Broken Shackles was published in Toronto under the pseudonym of Glenelg. This very unique book, containing the recollections of a resident of Owen Sound, Ontario, an African American known as Old Man Henson, was one of the very few books that documented the journey to Canada from the perspective of a person of African descent. Henson was a great storyteller and the spark of life