James Knapp

James travels with Venus and Richard 'Dick' Prophet (or Profit) in both the Book of Negroes and the Birchtown Muster. It is assumed by their ages that these two individuals are james' grandparents - though this is not certain. The name 'Knapp' almost certainly comes from the former owner of Venus, 'Mr' Knapp of Gosport although James described his owner as being Andrew Sproule. he is not listed among the slaves for Sproule as he would have been far too young at the time of leaving. It is also possible that Richard and Venus ( and possibly James) are related to another group of Prophets including Daniel 'the Prophet' and his wife Elizabeth. Also connected with this second group of Prophets is Lydia Carey and her husband Thomas Carey. Lydia and Daniel were both slaves to Joseph Jolly [Jolliff].
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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


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 James Knapp 12 fine boy Formerly Slave to Andrew Sproule, Portsmouth. 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
James Knap 13 Captain Nicholson's Company
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