James Moses

James Moses is traveling in the same ship as William Moses and is probably related as his owner Littelton Eyre's daughter married Preeson Bowdoin. He may also be related to Peter Moses, also from Hampton, but the connection is not apparent. James is alone in the Birchtown muster where he is said to be 30 years old. We assume he ran in 1780 when General Leslie briefly occupied Hampton, but he may have gone in 1781 when the British occupied Portsmouth for several months.
James Moses Relationships
  • Relative: William Moses, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Kin Relations Between Owners Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
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1766

Born

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

1782

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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway James Moses 17 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Littleton Ayres [Eyre], Northampton. Left 1 years ago.
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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
James Moses 30 Laborer Littleton Ayres [Eyre] Captain Snowball's Company