Mrs. Milla Dawsey (nee Milla Bond) searching for her son and her brothers
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LAST SAW SON WHEN HE WAS SOLD. Aged Negro of East Boston Advertising for News of Brothers and Son, Who Were Sold Before the War. In one of the weekly papers devoted to the interests of the colored people, and published widely throughout the country as a religious paper, recently appeared a peculiar advertisement, which reads substantially as follows: INFORMATION WANTED of my brothers Washington, James, Joseph, Henry, and Lafayette Bond, who were the sons of Moses and Lina Bond, and brothers of Milla Bond, who later became Milla Dawsey. All were born in the family of Daniel Kent, Maryland. INFORMATION WANTED of John Wesley Dorsey, born of Low Malier, Maryland, sold at 6 years from his parents, Milla and Nelson Dawsey. Any information concerning the above will gladly be received by Mrs. MILLA DAWSEY, 262 Lexington st, East Boston. Mrs. Dawsey is trying to find her long separated brothers and son. The advertisement comes about 35 years after the freedom of the American negro slave, and shows that she herself was a slave. Back of this advertisement is a story that is pathetic. A mother looking for her child that was sold away from her in slavery over 45 years ago, and which she has never seen or heard of since; a sister looking for her long lost brothers, who, too, were sold away when children. Mrs Milla Dorsey is, as near as she can ascertain, about 72 years old, and has until very recently been living with her niece, Mrs John Coffee, at 262 Lexington st, East Boston. She has gone on a visit to her nephew, Thomas Isaacs, of 12 Wayne st, Baltimore. Mrs Dorsey was born a slave on the Daniel Kent estate in Calvert county, Md. Her parents, Moses and Lina Bond, reared a large family, and as was customary upon nearly all of the plantations of the south during the slave period, several of their children were sold to help carry on the estate. There was born to them Washington, James Lafayette, Joseph Henry, Queen Rebecca, Melinda Amphielia and Milia. These children were early scattered, and only after the close of the war and by the merest accident did Mrs Dorsey ever succeed in finding any. Of her brothers she has never heard. Her sisters she has met, and it is with their children that she spends the remainder of her days. According to the slave manner, she was married to Nelson Dorsey. At that time they were living in Low Mallow. Two children were born, a girl and a boy. The girl died and the boy lived, as far as Mrs Dorsey can recollect, to be about 6 years old, when he was sold to another master. The last that she saw of her only son was when his master was leading him away. Time passed and her husband died. Shortly after that she was sold and carried to Atlanta, Ga, where the breaking out of the war and the subsequent emancipation of the slaves found her. Hoping to reach her brothers and perhaps her son, Mrs Dorsey has taken to advertising for them in several papers. It is doubtful if she will ever be able to find her son or her brothers. If they are living it is doubtful if they would recognize the names under which she is advertising for them. Slaves accepted any name which their masters chose to give them. When slaves were found on the plantations at the time of the enumeration shortly after the war, many took their masters' names. Thus it may have happened that Mrs Dorsey's son and brothers may have taken the name of their last masters, and may have never known their own family name.
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