Venus Profit

Venus travels with her husband Richard Prophet or Dick Profit. She claims to have been owned by 'Mr' Knapp of Gosport but for most of her life she was owned by Knapp's business partner (and very possibly his father in law), Andrew Sproule. Sproule was a very prominent slave owner in the Norfolk area. The slight differences in location for Venus in the tithable lists is testament to Sproule's success, as is the number of slaves that he owned which at one point was 23. Sproule and his family were also a prominent loyalists. Andrew Sproule would later die at Lord Dunmore's camp on Gwynn's Island in 1776. Venus and her husband Richard travel with 12 year old James Knapp. He is possibly their child or grandchild. This group continues to travel together in the Birchtown Muster.
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1733

Born

1752

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1752 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

1753

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1753 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

1754

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1754 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

1757

Tithables for Portsmouth to Batchelders Mill - 1757 - Portsmouth to Batchelders Mill

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Veanus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

1765

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek - 1765 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

1766

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek -1766 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
'23 Negroes'- (no names given) Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

10/ June
1767

Tithables for Portsmouth and Southern Branch Precinct - 1767 - Portsmouth and Southern Branch Precinct

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

10/ June
1768

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek-1768 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

11/ June
1770

Tithables and Land Taken -1770 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

10/ June
1772

Tithables Acreage Not Given-1772 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Venus Andrew Sproule - Portsmouth

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

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 Venus Profit 50 ordinary wench Formerly Slave to Mr. Knapp, Gosport. Left 7 years ago.
Venus Profit's Relationships

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
Venus Prophet 51 Captain Nicholson's Company
Venus Prophet's Relationships