Sinia Dean

Given her relative old age of 62 and the fact that she claims to have been owned by Samuel Calvert- (or as Colbert as it is written in the Book of Negroes)-, Sinia Dean remains a mystery. Her name or any real variants, do not appear among the slaves of the extensive Calvert clan based in the Norfolk area. There are some names that briefly come and go from various tithable listings. Christopher Calvert for example at one stage owns a Sawney, William Calvert owns a Sabinah and John owns a Silvia. Samuel Calvert owns a Phillis for some time between 1768 and 1774 on the North Side of the Western Branch, and his slaves are few but it is not clear that Sinia is Phillis. Despite this in his Loyalist Claims against the British Samuel Calvert does claim for a female slave called 'Scina' which is almost certainly her but once again the name is recorded badly. It is probable that she worked land outside of the Norfolk area. The other name mentioned in this Claim was for a slave called 'Lucy' who, as with Sinia does not appear among his slaves for the Norfolk area. Her name , as it is written in the original BON document, is also slightly illegible. The assumption that has been made is that her name is Sinia pronounced as in 'Shania' with SH at the start, though 'Since' or 'Scina' could also be a possibility. Her husband is William Dean who was formally owned by William Dean from Crane Island. Both Sinia and her husband William are not in the Birchtown Muster and it is unclear what happens to them.
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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


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.




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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
Master: Alexander Buchanon
Port Mattoon Sinia Dean 62 ordinary wench Formerly Slave to Samuel Colbert [Calvert], Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Samuel Colbert [Calvert] claimed Sinia Dean]