On Friday morning, July 17, 1857, an 22-year-old enslaved woman named Rachel escaped from a residence located three miles north of St. Louis. Her enslaver, J.M. Brown, offered a $100 reward for Rachel's recapture. It was later raised to $300, with the admonishment that Rachel "was raised in Macon county, Mo., and has expressed some anxiety to go home."
St. Louis Missouri Republican, July 25, 1857 (HMO); St. Louis Missouri Republican, August 12, 1857 (HMO)