Lewis Church

The name probably comes from Joseph Church who had ten tithable slaves in 1754 but after his death his widow lists only one female slave in 1757. Robert Bartee (lewis's former owner) does not appear to have acquired any of Church’s slaves but he does own a female slave called Rose. In 1770 Lymus appears on Bartee’s tithable list for Great Bridge in 1770 when he was aged between 16 and 19. It seems he is the son of the woman Rose who had been with Bartee for a long time. His father may have been called Church and may have originally been bought from Joseph Church though this is not clear. Lymas Church appears in the Birchtown with Katty (Kate) Church and her three children: Port, Lucy and Sarah Godfrey. That they have the last name Godfrey might indicate that their father is a Godfrey and that Lewis (or Lymas) as Katty Church's second partner was simply their guardian.






Tithables for Greatbridge to Ferry Point - 1770 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Lymus Robert Betty [Bartee] - Norfolk


Tithables for Ferry Point to Greatbridge - 1771 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Lemus Robert Betty [Bartee] - Norfolk

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


Tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge - 1778 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Lymus Robert Betty [Bartee] - Norfolk


The Burning of Portsmouth - Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.




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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 Lewis Church 27 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Robert Betty [Bartee], Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Lewis Church's Relationships
Assumed to be traveling in the Book of Negroes with:


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
Lymas Church 30 Labourer Captain James Read's Company
Remarks:[Lewis Church is listed as Lymas Church in the Birchtown Muster. Kate Godfrey is Katty Church his wife. It is not clear who the father of her children is so he has been listed as the guardian. Salley Godfrey has been listed in the Birchtown as Sarah Godfrey and her age is 13 rather than one and half as it appears in the BON..]
Listed With
Lymas Church's Relationships


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Robert Betty [Bartee] claimed Lewis Church]