Kate Godfrey

Kate Godfrey travels with her children, Port, Lucy and Salley Godfrey and her partner/husband Lewis Church on board the Ranger. Kate and her two eldest children Port and Lucy were formerly owned by Matthew Godfrey of Norfolk County. It is unclear whether Lewis was the father of Kate's children, and the fact that they are still listed with the last name Godfrey in the Birchtown Muster, when Kate has taken the last name Church, suggests Lewis was their guardian rather than their father. Kate's youngest child Salley was born within the British lines and is 18 months old at the time of the BON. The Church/Godfrey family travels with other families who were also connected to Matthew Godfrey in Norfolk: Jenny and Moses Kelly; Henry Givin and Bridget Godfrey; Joseph and Peggy Brown; Sam and Sucky Godfrey. These individuals are further connected by service in the Royal Artillery Department and certificates from General Musgrave, which they all share. These families continue to travel together and are all in Captain Read's Company in the Birchtown Muster.
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Name Owner
Kate Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1753

Born

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
Cate 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
Cate 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
Kate 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
Cate 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
Cate 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
Kate 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
Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Kate Godfrey 30 ordinary wench Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Kate 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
Katty Church 30 Captain James Read's Company
Katty Church'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 Kate Godfrey]