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Isaac Daniels

Next along the eastern trail of houses was the farm of Isaac Daniels. Daniels had a neighbor named Andrew Milbourn who strongly opposed the emancipation of slaves. Records say Melbourne “ was just as earnest in his conviction that runaways should be apprehended and returned to their owners as Daniels was that they should be helped” even so the two men were good friends. This is a case in point of abolitionists and slavery supporters living side by side, even this far north. Milbourn suspected Daniels involvement in the Underground Railroad and tried to halt the operation. He did this by going over to Daniel’s farm for long hours after dinner, when he expected a group of slaves would be arriving at the house, hoping to catch the group. Despite this, Milbourn did not succeed and Daniels helped numerous slaves escape to freedom.