Bristol Mitchel

Bristol possibly travels with Harry Moore in the Book of Negroes. Bristol Mitchel claimed that his former owner was Joseph Mitchell. According to his petition to the Loyalist Claims Commission of 1785 he owned land in 'Dismal Swamp County' but as the tithable records clearly show he also owned land in Norfolk. A similar story is found with his traveling companion Harry - who also has a connection to the Dismal Swamp. Bristol is also mentioned when his name was recorded as being part of Dunmore's Royal Ethiopian Regiment on board his floating town evacuated from Norfolk in 1776. At first he appears not to be in the Birchtown Muster but a 60 year old Francis Mitchell is listed as being 'dead'. It is assumed they are the same person. With this Francis is a wife- Dinah who is listed as being 60 and also dead.. Dinah Mitchell also claims that her owner at one stage was Joseph Mitchell and the 'China' (and its varients) listed in his tithables for Norfolk is the Dinah listed in the Birchtown. This would indicate that both husband and wife succumbed while in Birchtown in 1784. Dinah's entry in the BON records her as being 30 rather than 60 and with children 'Frank' and another in her arms. It is not known what happened to her two children. Bristol could well be their father.
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1726

Born

1765

Tithables for the Western District - 1765 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Bristol Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street - 1767 - West Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bristoll Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

1768

Tithables for Elizabeth River 1768 - Elizabeth River

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bristol Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

June
1771

Tithables for The Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk-1771 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bristoll Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

10/ June
1772

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street- 1772 - West Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bristo Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

June
1773

Tithables for the Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk- 1773 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bristol Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

19/ May
1774

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774 -

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bristol Joseph Mitchell - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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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

1776

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.

1776

Dunmore's Fleet: Gwynn's Island May-August - 1776 -

1776

Ran

1782

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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

1783

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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
Clinton
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Bristol Mitchel 57 feeble fellow Formerly Slave to Joseph Mitchell, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Bristol Mitchel's Relationships
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1784

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
Francis Mitchell (DEAD) 60 Mr McEwan Moffat's Unnamed
Francis Mitchell (DEAD)'s Relationships