Robert Keeling

Robert Keeling, 26 was the property of William Keeling in Princess Anne County. This was an old maritime family and he may have been a maritime worker. He is listed as Bob in William Keeling's tithables in 1775. He ran with Argyll Keeling who is also listed in the tithables and may be his brother. They may be related to the Keeling slaves who ran in 1776 and again in late 1780. He left with his wife Annie owned by Thomas Halliday [Holliday] a quaker from neighbouring Nansemond county in 1779. Robert Keeling and his family relocated to Sierra Leone.

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1757

Born

7/ Nov
1775

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The Burning of Portsmouth - Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

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1779

Ran

1782

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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 Robert Keeling 26 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Capt. Keelings, Princess Ann County. Left 4 years ago.
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1791

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List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone

Source for this event: List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone.
Name Age Where Born Number Of Children Age Of Eldest Occupation Property
Robert Keeling 40 2 8 Sawyer No land