Thomas Patrick

Thomas Patrick 42 travels with his wife Phebe Patrick, 29 and they are both in the Birchtown muster. He claims to have been owned Col Colbert [Calvert] but it seems likely that his original owner was Richard Patrick, a mariner who was briefly in Norfolk in 1759-64 who seems to have sold some of his slaves to the Calvert family. In the tithables for Norfolk 'Tom' was owned by Cornelius, Christopher and Maximilian Calvert between 1759 and 1778. It is also the case that Richard Brown said to be the owner of Frank Patrick owned a Tom during that period.
Thomas Patrick Relationships
  • Relative: Frank Patrick, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Kin Relations Between Owners Shared Group Membership ] , Source: The Book of Negroes

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  • 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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Tithables for the Eastern Division - 1773 - Eastern Division

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
T- Christopher Calvert - Norfolk


Tithables for 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
Tom Christopher Calvert - Norfolk

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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


British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

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Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willie Care's -1778 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Tom Maximilian Calvert - Norfolk


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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: Francis Roughbottom
Port Roseway Thomas Patrick 42 stout fellow Hugh Fraser Formerly Slave to Samuel Colbert [Calvert], Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.


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
Thomas Patrick 45 Captain William O'Niel
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Christopher Calvert claimed Thomas Patrick]
Remarks: [Since this is not the original owner the time and age for Tom may be wrong ]