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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.             21
one, was taken to their new home on Wilson's
plantation, in the same county as the Kirk-
wood plantation. Wilson told my sisters and
myself that our mother and ourselves were
about six hundred miles apart.
  After I had been in my new home about two
years, Wilson bought my uncle Ben from a
man named Strucker, who lived in the same
neighborhood, but he did not buy uncle Ben's
wife. Two years later Wilson moved to another
plantation he owned in Pontotoc County, Mis-
sissippi, about one hundred miles distant from
his Atala County plantation. Ben not being
willing to go so far from his wife, ran away
from his master. Wilson, however, left word
that if any one would catch and return Ben to
him, he would pay two hundred dollars. This
was a bait not to be resisted.  The professional
slave-hunters, with their blood-hounds, were
soon on the track.  They failed to get the poor
hunted  man,  though.   Ben  was  a religious,
God-fearing man, and placed firm reliance on
the help of the Almighty, in his serious trials,
and never failed to find help when most need-
ed.  He stayed under cover in the woods, in
such lurking places as the nature of the country
provided, in the day time, and at night would
cautiously approach his wife's cabin, when, at




			
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