On a very cold day in January, WBAL-TV (Baltimore) reporter Kim Dacey came out to Hagerstown to talk with Convention and Visitors Bureau president Dan Spedden and with me, about Hagerstown’s Underground Railroad trail.
Check out Hagerstown’s Underground Railroad trail and walking tour brochure here.
Kathy Lynne Marshall
Thanks for continuing your great work bringing the history of enslaved people in Hagerstown to light. I enjoyed wathing this video about the underground railroad trail there. My interest was piques when you wpoke about a woman named Anne Henson who left her “employer.” Do you know if she was related to William Henson, who married Prince William’s widow, Margaret Williams? They lived in Prince’s property in Funkstown until Margaret died there in 1868. I’m trying to find out more about the Henson family, and whether they came from the HAnsons in Kent COunty, Maryland.
Thanks, Kathy Lynne Marshall
Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about Ann Henson’s background, except that she was also known by the name Adelaide Overton. The New York City Underground Railroad records give her both names. Maybe she changed her name from one to the other after she escaped, or maybe she went by one and her enslaver called her the other? I don’t know how she came into Victor Thompson’s hands; I haven’t found a bill of sale or any other documents. It seems that only the escape itself is well documented.