Wanzer-Grigsby family group

Frank Wanzer fled enslavement on December 24, 1855 along with his fiancée, Emily Foster, his fiancée's sister, Mary Elizabeth Grigsby, her husband, Barnaby Grigsby, and two unidentified men. After a gunfight in Maryland where the two unidentified men were captured or killed, the smaller group traveled onward, arriving in Canada in late January, 1856. Frank returned to the United States in July 1856 to rescue his sister, Betsey Smith, her husband, and their friend.

Read the documents and resources linked below for more information about the groups that traveled with Frank Wanzer. Click here to explore the social relationship map for the groups.