On New Year's Day 1859, a 38-year-old enslaved blacksmith named Sam escaped from Union in Franklin county, Missouri. His escape route took him within the vicinity of Manchester, St. Louis county. Sam's enslaver, A.W. Maupin, advertised a $400 reward for his recapture. He later increased the reward to $600.
St. Louis Missouri Republican, January 6, 1859 (HMO); St. Louis Missouri Republican, January 12, 1859 (HMO)