Violet Snowball

Violet Snowball is the wife of Nathaniel Snowball. In the Book of Negroes she travels with her children Nathaniel Jr and Mary, with them is also China Sparrow (later China Snowball). Other children at the time of the Birchtown are also present Jane, Jenny and Godfrey. Violet and her mother (also a Violet) were owned by Edward Thruston and inherited by his daughter Elizabeth who married Cornelius Calvert. Calvert's tithables show that neither Violet was included in the property transferred to him. She and her younger children must have been sold/given to Richard Murray of Princess Ann County, who lists Violet in his 1775 tithable list for Princess Anne County which is the only list we have.
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Tithables for Great Bridge to Ferry Point - 1767 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
violet Peter Sparrow - Norfolk [this was the owner of her eldest child]


Tithables for Ferry Point to Greatbridge - 1771 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Violet Peter Sparrow - Norfolk

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 Violet Snowball 34 stout wench Formerly Slave to Richard Murray, Princess Ann County. 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
Violet Snowball 35 Captain Snowball's Company
Violet Snowball's Relationships