Jesse Cowles Searches for His Family
August 10, 1871

In this ad from theĀ New National Era, Jesse Cowles attempted to locate and reunite with his family, whom he had not seen since he escaped from slavery during the Civil War.


I would like to hear of my mother, Sarah Cowles, who was formerly owned by Rev. Samuel Blain, Meadowfield Farm, near Williamsburg, Virginia. Any information concerning her will be thankfully received. I would be happy to receive some knowledge of the whereabouts of either of the following persons, who are my brothers and sisters: William Cowles, Charles Cowles, Carter Cowles, Mildred Lewis, Josephine Cowles, Martha J. Cowles. Please address, JESSE S. COWLES, No. 49 Webster street, New Haven, Connecticut.


New National Era (Washington, D.C.), August 10, 1871.