Journal C of Station No. 2, William Still, 1854, 34
Shot Dec 21/54 Broke Jail
Lived in a hole
____ Isaac Williams safely arrived from King George County, Hampstead, Va. Isaac is about 26 yrs of age_ dark chesnut color. stout made & intelligent_ He had been owned by Dr James who has lately purchased him for the Southern market. Before fallen into the hands of Dr J. he had been owned by a Mr. D. Fitchens who was a very hard man.
Isaac left because his owner was about selling him South against his will_ Fish fled to the woods_ stayed there 2 weeks, then beeing persued was shot while fleeing_ was badly wounded, & captured, and taken to King George Jail_ was keept there for 1 month broke jail and fled again to the woods_ Dug a hole in the ground and there stayed for 3 months and then came on, having to suffer hungar, cold wet &c
Isaac left a wife, Eliza, the names the children as follows_ Isaac, Estel Williams & Ellen_ They all belong to his old master Fitchugh
In the wood he lived on hogs, managed to get meal_ &c
1____ Henry Banks arrived from King George’s County where he fled from a Trader, Dr James of Tennesee, who was in the act of taking him south_ It happened that Henry had previously made an effort to escape only a few months before fallen into the hands of the Trader_ indeed the attempt to escape was the cause of his being sold_ In May his first effort was made_ stayed in the wood about 3 mos, then got a far as Washington_ was there captured & taken back_ was put in Fredrickburg Jail_ keep a month. was then Sold to Georege Ailler_ was sold to Dr James after being in his hands one week_ fled from the Drin the same day he was bought_ went to the wood with Isaac refered to above_ stayed there 2 weeks_ and was then captured by being badly shot_ was put in Prison for 1 mo. and Dockered_ then broke jail_ come away_
Henry left his Parents, Bros. & Sisters, all owned by different owners Henry was first induced to leave because his master would not half feed him, or clothe him, nor could never do enough to please him_ wanted to whip him &c. Henry is 19_ dark_ well made & intelligent.
1_____ Kit Nickless arrived. from King George County_ Va where he had been owned by General Washington, Farmer_ and a very hard master_ The marks of cruel treatments from the appearance of the the lash are now visible on Kits back_ His owner drank hard, consequently could not be pleased. He left because of beatins rec’d the Friday before leaving_ K. is about 45 stout, dark &c
Left a wife Matilda_ Three children as follows_ Sarah Ann, Jane Frances, & Ellen_ 3 years ago Kit started for his freedom but was captured_ was badly flogged &c.
 A more detailed account of Isaac Williams’ travails in slavery and his perilous flight to the woods is recorded in Still, Underground Rail Road, 284-86. Isaac was accompanied into the woods by Henry Banks and later by their supportive friend, Kit Nickless.
 Further details of the flight of Henry Banks with his companion, Isaac Williams, into the woods of Virginia are contained in Still, Underground Rail Road, 285.
 Kit Nickless joined Henry Banks and Isaac Williams when they fled enslavement in Virginia. See Still, Underground Rail Road, 285-86.