Dick Profit

Richard 'Dick' Profit - or Prophet travels with his wife Venus in both the Book of Negroes and the Birchtown Muster. With them is twelve year old james Knapp, who shares the same last name as Venus's former owner. It is assumed that James is the grandson of this couple- although it is just possible that he is the son of Venus by 'Mr Knapp'. There is also a possibility that the other Prophet family of Daniel 'the' Prophet and his wife Elizabeth are in some way related to Richard and his wife. Strangely Richard (or Dick) is not among the slaves for either Richard Brown Snr or Jnr nor is there a Dick/Richard among slaves belonging to other Brown's.

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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 Dick Profit 57 worn out Formerly Slave to Harry Brown, Portsmouth. Left 7 years ago.
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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
Richard Prophet 58 Caulker Captain Nicholson's Company
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