James Collin

There is no James Collin in the Birchtown Muster. He is traveling alone, without family but he is part of a group of pilots and their families vouched for Capt Mowat. The name probably comes from George Collen/Collin/ Collins who was a constable in Portsmouth. He owned three slaves Thomas, Rose and Phebe until 1770 when Thomas and Rose disappear from his listing. They are not bought by John Williams (the owner of James) in Norfolk. It is unclear what the connection (if any) there is between Williams and Collen.
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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




Siege of Yorktown - YorkTown


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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: Joseph Clark
Port Roseway James Collin 43 ordinary man (pilot by oeder) Capt. Mowat Formerly Slave to John Williams, Norfolk. Left 3 years ago. Taken by Gen. Arnold at Petersburg three years past.


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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
Jacob Collins 50 1 16 No land