Moses Kelley

Husband of Jenny Kelley. Jenny is one of the Godfrey clan who were the former slaves of Matthew Godfrey. In the Book of Negroes Jenny and Moses travel on the ship Ranger with Bridget Godfrey (probably Jenny's mother) and Petter (Jenny's nephew). All four of these travelers ran at the same time (1778), have a Certificate from General Musgrave and are in the Royal Artilery Department. Together with their three children they are in the Birchtown muster.
Moses Kelley Relationships
  • Relative: Moses [Morris] Kelley, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In Musters, Proximity In Ownership, Kin Relations Between Owners Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes





7/ Nov

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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


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.




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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
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Moses Kelley 37 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Marry Kelley, Portsmouth. Left 5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Moses Kelley's Relationships
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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
Moses Kelly 38 Labourer Captain James Read's Company
Remarks:[Bridget Godfrey and Henry Givin are also in Captain Read's Company, listed seperately to Moses and Jenny (Jane).]
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Moses Kelly's Relationships