Caroline was born in 1826 in Missouri.
Caroline’s mother was a slave and her father was a
The day she decided to run away Mrs. Hall (her slave
owner) cut Caroline’s curly hair because she was
mad at Caroline.
When Caroline wanted to run away she told Mrs. Hall
that she wanted to visit a sick friend. She packed her
things and ran away.
When Caroline got her ticket for her to ride the ship
she went to a group of girls because she had a plan.
The plan was that if she stayed by the girls people
would think she was with them.
In the next few days a man had told Caroline that
she wasn’t safe staying in Alton. So Caroline got a
ticket to go to Milwaukee Wisconsin.
When Caroline reached Milwaukee she knew none
of the people there. She asked herself many
questions such as where would she stay. A man
approached her and introduced himself as Robert
Titball and asked her if she needed help. Caroline
felt like she could trust Robert with anything
Meanwhile, back in St. Louis Mrs. Hall realized
Caroline was gone. They were furious. “Who would
do Caroline’s work now?” The riverboat company
hired a lawyer that had a Bloodhound following
Caroline hid from the slave hunters by hiding in
barrels and hiding in houses such as Samuel Brown
and Lucinda Duagherty’s.
One day the slave hunters knocked on a door where
Caroline was hiding. The men demanded to know
where Caroline hiding. Lucinda told them, “No
good person would want a 16 year old.”
Medall was a farmer helping Caroline run away, but, he
was getting old and taking her to Canada was to risky
for him. Edward Dyer wrote a letter to all freedom-
loving people in Wisconsin and Canada to help
Caroline. Lots of people hid Caroline and finally she
When Caroline was older she got a job and learned how
to read. Caroline married Allen and had six children.
There were three girls and three boys.
Today, Caroline’s children still live in Ontario, Canada.
Her grandchildren remember the stories about Caroline.