Peggy [Barlow]

Peggy does not appear to be in the Birchtown Muster- though there are a number of Peggy's. She could have married and be listed with a last name. She travels in the Book of Negroes only as Peggy - so she has been given the name of her former owner - Barlow. Jesse Barlow is not in the tithables for Norfolk - she claims to have come from Portsmouth so its possible he was involved in the maritime industry and lived elsewhere. It is also possible that Peggy is traveling with others in the Book of Negroes though this is by no means certain.
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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
Master: John Cook
Abbaco Peggy 21 Stout wench with child 8 months George Antill Formerly Slave to Jesse Barlow, Portsmouth. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.