We just discovered that colonial Williamsburg has placed the Virginia Gazette newspapers online. They are fully searchable. Here is an ad that we found placed by Murthy McAboy!!!
MURTHY MCABOY 1776
FAUQUIER COUNTY, VA
Fifteen Pounds Reward. Run away from the subscriber in Fauquier, an English convict servant man named Thomas Hall, about 30 years old, 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, by trade a shoemaker. He is of a fair complexion, has short brown hair, a long sharp nose, a sear on his left hand, occasioned by the cut of a reap hook, a sear on one of his arms, just above the elbow, pitted with smallpox, is a bold talkative fellow, and fond of liquer. He had on when he went away an old country made linen shirt and trousers, an old claret cafinmir coat, with a slit down the back and gold basket buttons, an old felt hat, a new straw do. Bound round, and an old pair of made country turned pumps; but it is probable he may change his dress, as he has a quantity of ready cash by him. He also took with him a set of shoemaker tools. Whoever apprehends the said servant and brings him to me, if taken within 50 miles shall have 5 L (pounds) and if at a farther distance the above reward, paid by me, living near LITTLE RIVER.
SOURCE: Virginia Gazette, Purdie Publisher, Oct 11, 1776, Page 3, Column 3.