Zilpah Cevils

Zilpah Cevils travels both in the Book of Negros and the Birchtown Muster with her sister Hannah and Mary Perth who could be their mother. There is a clear distinction between their name and those of Mary's other children who are all called Perth after Mary's husband Caesar. It is unclear who the father of Hannah and Zilpah Cevils was. It is likely that he was called Saville. The Savilles were slave owners in the Great Bridge to New Mill Creek area of Norfolk. Hannah and her sister Zilpah are too young to be listed in a tithable. She and her sister are named Sibbles in the Birchtown muster.

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  • John Willoughby -

    John Willoughby was major Virginia planter and a suspect Loyalist, who died in 1776.

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

  • John Murray, Lord Dunmore -

    John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the  colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Source for this event: Lord Dunmore's Proclamation


Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.




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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

  • Treaty of Paris -

    In November 1782 a provisional peace treaty was hammered out between the British and the Americans in Paris.

Source for this event: Treaty of Paris


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Evacuation of New York - New York

  • Evacuation of New York -

    In April 1783 the first evacuation fleet left for Nova Scotia. A week later  the British Commander, Sir Guy Carleton, sailed up the Hudson River to Orangetown for a conference with General Washington to discuss the evacuation. As the victorious commander, Washington opened the meeting by reiterating the resolution of Congress regarding “the delivery of all Negroes and other property.”

Source for this event: The Book of Negroes
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Zilpah Cevils 15 likely girl Formerly Slave to John Willoughby, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago.
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Birchtown Muster - Birchtown

Source for this event: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
Name Age Occupation Families they lived with Companies they belong to Remarks Company They Are Now With
Zilpa Sibles 16 Captain Perth's Company
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