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The performer then broke off into a series of background experiences with Sojourner's subsequent masters starting with Mr. and Mrs. John Neely (circa 1806) who reportedly were very cruel and insulting to her via beatings and one incident that involved her hand (some recounts left, others right) being pushed into a pot of boiling water. Next, she brought up her third master Dutch Innkeeper/Tavern Owner Martinus Schryver of Ulster Park, NY, who she gave dignity to because she was his first Slave sold to him for reportedly $100 (today $2,505.66 [2023) by the Neely's. She was then sold to her fourth and final master; a prosperous farmer named John Dumont of West Park, NY, in circa 1811 for reportedly $200 (today $4,667.04 ); who reportedly beat and sexually assaulted her along with his wife (Sally) in separate incidents. Sojourner bore him at least one child (James) before being convinced (by her owner) to marry an older Slave named Thomas on the same (his) plantation, and they produced three children (Peter, Elizabeth, Sophia). She was not allowed to marry a Slave named Robert, who she reportedly fell in love with, because he was owned by a different plantation and together, they reportedly produced one child (Diana) which by law became the property of Dumont. Sojourner was reportedly forced to breast feed her master's children which left little to no milk for her own flesh and blood.
They then delved into her quest for freedom in 1827 after the New York Gradual Abolition Act of 1799/80 dictated that she be set free. Her master Dumont agreed but then reneged on his promise to obey the law. Sojourner then devised a roost after he became ill and needed a doctor; she was allowed to take his horse but fled to the home of Dutch Abolitionists the Van Wagenen's instead. They then purchased her freedom (for reportedly $20; today $611.38 ) and were part of another roost that tricked an Alabama Slaveholder named Fowler into appearing in a New York court at which time he was ordered to return Sojourner's five-year-old son Peter, in 1828, who was sold by Dumont apparently in retaliation for her escape. They then brought out that he knocked Sojourner to the ground, but she got back up and kicked his rear end. The judge reportedly then had him jailed for assault. This was reportedly the first time that a Black/Negro (today African-American) woman had defeated a white man in court and possibly in the ring. Smile! As a show of appreciation, she changed her name to Isabella Van Wagenen. The performer then broke off into Sojourner's subsequent trouble with Peter as he had issues adjusting after his experience as a Slave in the Deep Southern State of Alabama; their (her and Peter's) move to New York City in circa 1829 (when he was 6 years old) to work as a housekeeper for evangelist preacher Elijah Pierson, and his trouble with the law that landed him in prison. Peter reportedly lived with his mother until 1839 (age 16) when he took a job on a whaling ship called the Zone of Nantucket. He reportedly wrote to her on three occasions between 1840 and 1841; however, was not on the ship when it returned to port in 1842 (age approximately 19). Sojourner reportedly never heard from him again.