Abby Brown

Abby/Abigale Brown travels with her children William Patrick and Nancy Brown. She is married to Joseph Brown. They are together as a family in Birchtown with children Dinah and Thomas Brown. Abby was originally owned by Richard Patrick, a mariner who was briefly in Norfolk between 1759-1765. Abby was acquired by John Willoughby in 1773, she may be the Abbigale listed with Henry Brown in 1771. Her children William [later William Brown in the Birchtown muster] and daughter Nancy went with her to Willoughby, though Nancy must have been transferred to Phrip at some stage. The slave owning families of Brown, Phrip and Willoughby were all closely connected.






Tithables for the East Side of Church Street- 1774 - East Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Abby John Willoughby - 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


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 Abby Brown 30 stout wench Formerly Slave to John Willoughby, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Abby Brown's Relationships


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
Abigail Brown 30 Captain Perth's Company
Abigail Brown's Relationships