Highland County Ohio
Slaves Manumitted.---A family of seven negroes were brought to this place two or three weeks since, from Halifax county, Va., having been set free some years ago by their master, a Mr. Vass, under the following singular circumstances, as we learn from the Athens Messenger, the editor of which paper obtained the facts from James Young, Esq., who brought the negroes here:
A Mr. Vass, in 1832 owned these slaves, or at least those who were born so long ago as then. He had some difficulty with another, who in an affray was killed. Vass was arrested and sent to the States-prison, for Manslaughter. While in jail awaiting his trial he made a will, directing that his slaves should be set free and endowed with all his property---quite a fortune, and appointed Mr. Y. to carry out these provisions. Other parties, however, contested the will, and out of it has grown a series of law suits, which have just been determined by the courts, establishing the freedom of the blacks; and also giving them the property to execute his responsible trust. Since the death of Vass, three of his then living negroes have died and three more born. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Oh.) February 03, 1859 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]
Sinking Spring, O., Jan. 24, 1859.
Mr. Boardman.---I regret to inform you that Mr. James Jackson, Jr., left his home on Sunday, 10th inst., and has not since been heard from, although a diligent search was instituted, and persevering inquiry made up to this time.
He attended church here on the day he left home, and was last seen entering a forest east of this place, in a direction nearly opposite his residence, which circumstance, taken in connection with others, causes many to conjecture that he has lost his life in the woods.
Any information concerning the missing man, whether dead or alive, would be a great relief to his distracted family and anxious friends. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Oh.) February 03, 1859 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]
The Lost Found.---We learn that Mr. James Jackson Jr., of Brushcreek tp., who disappeared so mysteriously in January last, and who it was feared had met with some accident, arrived at home last week in good health, much to the joy of his family and friends. He stated that he had been to Kentucky in his absence, but could not explain why he left so suddenly, without informing any one of his intention. He made the trip to Kentucky and back on foot. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Oh.) March 10, 1859 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]
Six Shaffer brothers, sons of John Shaffer of Highland county, Ohio were photographed in a group at Hillsboro, Ohio, a few days ago. The eldest is 86 years of age and the youngest 74. Their united ages amount to 430 years. Their father's children numbered 13, and the children of these 6 brothers number respectively, 11, 5, 9, 13, 12, and 5, giving the list in the order of the father's ages. [The Anaconda Standard, Jan 31, 1904]
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