Rose Frip

Rose is the wife of Daniel Frip and the mother of Lucy and later Mary. Daniel, Lucy and Rose all travel together in the Book of Negroes. In the Birchtown this group is joined by Mary. As Mary has no last name or age recorded it is felt that she was a new born infant. Both Rose and her daughter Lucy list John Singletown (ton) as their former owner. Daniel's owner was Matthew Phrip from where they got the name Frip -( later with an extra 'P' added to the end). It is unclear what the connections were (if any) between these two slave holders. It is also unclear when Daniel and Rose began their relationship. They both absconded in 1778 but they bare different certificates of freedom. This may possibly mean different histories and throw Daniels paternity of Lucy at least, into some doubt.
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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: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Rose Frip 39 stout wench Formerly Slave to John Singletown [Singleton], Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
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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
Rose Fripp 30 Captain James Read's Company
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