Stowe provides further details about her story based on actual events in A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
George tells the story of being separated from his mother following the death of his master. His mother begged and pleaded that she be sold along with George, but he was taken away. This story is in close relation to the life of Josiah Henson. He too was separated from his family following the death of his master. His mother, like George’s begged for her child at the feet of her new master, but was kicked away the same way George’s mother was.
Stowe was also questioned about the George Harris being wanted “dead or alive”. Many believed that advertisements like this were not really published in Southern states. Stowe showed the evidence that she used from newspapers in North Carolina and Georgia to prove that they did in fact exist.
The full story of both connections can be read in Part I, Chapter IV “George Harris” of A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.