A Free-born man, after enslavement, claims his name


The undersigned, since his escape from the Southern house of bondage to this part of the county, has felt it necessary for his safety, until now, to assume the name of Thomas B.  Williams; but as there are other individuals bearing the same name, and as his claim to freedom as one free-born, though afterward perfidiously sold into slavery, can be substantiated, he desires hereafter to be recognized by his real name  — George Witherspoon.    Boston, Jan. 29, 1850

(Liberator, Feb. 1, 1850,  pg 3)