Jenny Perrill [woodhouse]

Jenny is a free black from Princess Anne apprenticed to Capt James or William Thelabell, from a prominent mariner family. She is probably one of the Fuller, Anderson or Jones family of free blacks in that county, although she may be related [grandaughter]to to Margaret Thelabell who paid a fine for having a "Mulatto" child in Princess Anne County on 2 July 1735. She runs with her enslaved husband Will Woodhouse to join Howe's fleet.

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  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.

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1738

Born

7/ Nov
1775

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

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    John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the  colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

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British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.

1777

Ran

1782

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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

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    In November 1782 a provisional peace treaty was hammered out between the British and the Americans in Paris.

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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
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Master: Robert Wilson
St. John Jenny Perrill 45 stout wench with child one year james Rose Left 6 years ago. Born free in Princess Ann County. From a free black family in Princess Anne County, apprenticed to Capt James Thelabell. Her name was probably Fuller, Jones or Anderson.
Remarks:[responded to Howe's proclamation 1777]
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