I would greatly appreciate any information related to the Joseph Bell advertised as an escaped slave in the October 22nd, 1861 edition of the Daily Louisville Democrat. Specifically, I'd be most interested in who he possibly escaped from and who purchased him. Thanks for any help you can provide. The advertisement reads as follows:
Negro For Sale
BY VIRTUE OF AN ORDER OF THE HANCOCK County Court, made on the September term, 1861, I, the undersigned, will on Monday, December 23, 1861, at the Courthouse door in Hawesville, Ky., expose to public sale, to the highest bidder, on a contract of six months, a slave named JOSEPH BELL, who is now confined in the Hancock County Jail, as a runaway, unclaimed; and will sell said slave provided he will bring at least $350. Bond and security required from the purchaser, bearing interest from date, and having the force and legal effect of a replevin bond.
J. J. STORM, D.S [Deputy Sherrif] for
W. B. Miller, S.H,C [Sheriff Hancock County]