Anney Davis

Anney Davis claims to have been the former slave of John Biddle from Norfolk. However only Elizabeth Biddle is mentioned in the tithable lists briefly but she owns no Anney. It remains a mystery as to who John Biddle was. Anney travels in the Book of Negroes with her husband William and their children. In the BON she is listed as having two children with her aged 7 and 4. In the Birchtown her two children are listed as being Betsey aged 7 and Fanny aged 4 months. The age for Fanny could be a mistake, being actually 4 years old not 4 months old as stated in the document. If Fanny is 4 months old this would indicate that Anney has lost one child but given birth to another sometime either in New York or just after arriving in Canada.





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


The Burning of Portsmouth - Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.




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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 Anney Davis 24 stout wench with two girls 7 and 4 Formerly Slave to John Biddle, Norfolk. Left 4 years ago.
Anney Davis's Relationships


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
Annie Davis 25 Captain Perth's Company
Annie Davis's Relationships