Sally Godfrey

Sally Godfrey is the mother of John, Kate and Jacob Godfrey with whom she travels in the Book of Negroes. The family were owned by Joseph Simmons of Norfork County although Joseph is only listed among the Simmons clan in the tithable lists once in 1757, with a slave called Violet. Sally may have been married to one of the Godfrey's slaves and she and her children have taken that last name. In any case she and the children travel alone in the Book of Negroes and by the time of the Birchtown Muster Sally appears to have died. She is described as a 'sickly wench' in the Book of Negroes and the three children are listed together but without their mother in the Muster.
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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 Sally Godfrey 36 sickly wench Formerly Slave to Joseph Simmons, . Left 6 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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