Dinah [Beardsley]

Dinah appears to be traveling alone in the BON, on board the Commerce bound for St John. Dinah was owned by the Reverend Mr. Beardsley of St John's River and claims to be his property 'having always been in the family'. As she is not in the Birchtown Muster she may in fact have returned to the Beardsley family after the evacuation of New York.
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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


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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: Richard Stong
St. John Dinah 35 Sickly wench Rev. Mr. Beardsley Formerly Slave to Rev. Mr. Beardsley, . Rev. Mr. Beardsley of River St John's, claimant. Says she is his own propoerty having always been in the Family.