William Dean

William Dean is the husband of Sinia Dean and they travel together in the Book of Negroes. They do not appear in the Birchtown Muster and it is not clear what happened to them. In contrast to his wife, William- or 'Will' as it is written appears consistently in the tithables for William Dean's property on the North Side of the Western Branch from 1770 to 1778. At 62 William is in relative old age and so the record of him in the tithables could conceivably be far older than this - but 1770 is the first time he is listed as being owned by William Dean and the Dean family. It is not clear whether he was born a 'Dean' or whether he was bought from elsewhere by the Deans and he just took that name. In the loyalist claims against the British William Dean claims for 'one negro' worth 75 pounds. This could be William.
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1721

Born

1770

Tithables for the North Side of the Western Branch -1770 - North Side of the Western Branch

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Will William Dean Snr - Crane Island

June
1771

Tithables for West Side of the Western Branch Precinct - 1771 - West Side of the Western Branch Precinct

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Will William Dean Snr - Crane Island

1773

Tithables for the North Side of the Western Branch - 1773 - North Side of the Western Branch

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Will William Dean Snr - Crane Island

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

1778

Tithables for the North Side of the Western Branch bounding on the Nansemond Line -1778 - Western Branch bounding on the Nansemond Line

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Will William Dean Snr - Crane Island [Tithables for William Dean Snr & William Dean]

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.

1779

Ran

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
Elijah
Master: Alexander Buchanon
Port Mattoon William Dean 62 ordinary fellow Formerly Slave to William Dean Snr, Crane Island. Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Musgrave.
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1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that William Dean Jnr claimed William Dean]