Matthew [Retus]

Matthew is Mary Bright's son from a previous relationship. We know from the information recorded in the Birchtown Muster that he was 10 year old at the time and that he used the last name 'Retus'.
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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


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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 Matthew Born free in New York.
Remarks:[Matthew travels with his mother Mary Bright and his brother Silas. It is assumed he was born in New York.]
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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
Matthew Retus 10 Captain Robert George Bridges' Company
Remarks:[This is the same 'Matthew' that travels with Mary Bright in the Book of Negroes. Because of his age and the last name recorded here he appears to be Mary's child from a previous relationship.]
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