Beginning Date
Saturday, July 16, 1859
Starting Point
Freedom Seekers Mentioned By Name
Jeff (age 26) // Allen (age 23)
Slaveholders Mentioned By Name
Melton & Woods
Mid Points
End Point

On Saturday night, July 16, 1859, two enslaved men, 26-year-old Jeff and 23-year-old Allen, escaped from Waverly, Missouri aboard a skiff, reportedly bound for Alton, Illinois with the intention of taking the Alton and Chicago Railroad to Chicago. Their enslavers, the firm of Melton & Woods, advertised a $500 reward for the recapture of Jeff and Allen.

Escape Attributes
Multiple Slaveholders
Single Group Escape
Railroad Escape
Waterways Escape
Runaway Arrest Ad
Escape Numbers
Notes on Sources

St. Louis Missouri Republican, July 22, 1859 (HMO)