China Godfrey

China Godfrey (or Jane Ramsey as she is known in the Birchtown Muster) travels with her husband Cato Ramsey and children James, Betsey and Nelly Ramsey in the Book of Negroes. China and her three children were owned by Matthew Godfrey in Norfolk County. Cato was owned by Dr George Ramsey and later by his son John Ramsey. When Cato first appears in Dr Ramsey's tithables in 1757 it is in the same area of Norfolk (the South Side of Tanners Creek) as Mathew Godfrey when he first lists China in that same year. China, Cato and their children all run at the same time and travel together on the Providence. In the Birchtown Muster it is interesting to note that China is called 'Jane' and has taken the last name Ramsey. She is listed with her husband, Nelly and Betty (Betsey). James is listed by himself and in a different Company in the Muster. China and James are named in Godfrey's claim of losses to the British.
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China Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

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Name Owner
Chinia Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1748

Born

1757

Tithables for South Side of Tanners Creek - 1757 - South Side of Tanners Creek

The first page of this tithable list is missing, but it is assumed to relate to the South Side of Tanners Creek in 1757.

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Chany Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1759

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek- 1759 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
China Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1766

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1766 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
China Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care - 1767 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
China Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1770

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1770 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
China Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1772

Tithables for the South Side of Tanner's Creek - 1772 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
China Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1773

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1773 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Chinia Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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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

June
1778

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willie Care's -1778 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Chinia Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1779

Ran

May
1779

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.

1782

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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

1783

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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
Providence
Master: John Richee
Port Roseway China Godfrey 35 ordinary wench Stephen Shakespeare Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
China Godfrey's Relationships

1784

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
Jane Ramsey 47 Stephen Shakespeare Shakespear's Company Captain John Coffin's Company
Jane Ramsey's Relationships

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Matthew Godfrey claimed China Godfrey]