James Smith

James Smith is the husband of Susannah/Sukey Smith and the father of Saunders/Sanders/Sandy Smith, Eunis, Rose and Luke Smith. He is not listed in the Birchtown Muster with the rest of his family- he could have died by this stage. It is written in the Book of Negroes that he was 'worn out' which is a probable indicator of ill-health. Unlike the rest of his family who claimed to be formally the possessions of William Hodges, James claims William Bailey/Baley to be his former owner and he is consistently listed in William Bayley's tithables in Norfolk. He is likley to be the Jemy willed to his son Samuel in 1776. In this will there is a legacy to Sally Smith.
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1733

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

Aug
1777

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

  • 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 Smith 50 worn out Left 6 years ago.
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