Jenny Kelley

Jenny and her husband Moses travel with Bridget and Petter Godfrey on the ship Ranger. They all ran at the same time, have certificates from General Musgrave and are in the Royal Artillery Department. Jenny was formerly slave to Matthew Godfrey, who also owned Bridget (probably Jenny's mother) and Petter (probably Jenny's nephew). Petter was reunited with his parents Ely and Hannah Godfrey in Captain Thomas Francis' Company in the Birchtown Muster. Moses and Jenny ('Jane' in the Muster) are listed as a couple in Captain Read's Company. Also in Read's Company are: Bridget Godfrey and Henry Givin (possibly mother and son); Sucky Godfrey and her children; Lymas and Katty Church (Lewis Church and Kate Godfrey).
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Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

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Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1751

Born

1766

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1766 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care - 1767 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1772

Tithables for the South Side of Tanner's Creek - 1772 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1773

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1773 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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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

Aug
1777

British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.

1778

Ran

June
1778

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willie Care's -1778 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jenny Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1782

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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

1783

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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
Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Jenny Kelley 32 stout wench Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Jenny Kelley's Relationships
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1784

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
Jane Kelly 33 Captain James Read's Company
Remarks:[Bridget Godfrey and Henry Givin are also listed in Captain Read's Company, seperately to Moses and Jenny (Jane).]
Jane Kelly's Relationships

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Matthew Godfrey claimed Jenny Kelley]