Patience Ford

Patience Ford is the wife of Dennis Ford and the sister in law of Dennis's brother Charles. They are not listed in the Birchtown Muster. In the Book of Negroes they travel with the Shepperd family. The Shepperd family in turn are listed with the family of Charles Ford in the Birchtown Muster. Mathew Baxton is not listed. A John Baxter exists but he owns no slaves. There is a loyalist claim from Nansemond for three negroes owned by James Baxton. James Baxton could be a relative of Mathew in which case this family may actually be located in Nansemond.
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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


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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Patience Ford 24 stout wench Formerly Slave to Matthew Baxton, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago.
Patience Ford's Relationships
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