Tony Haines

Tony, his wife Dinah and their two children, Chloe and Nancy, travel together on the ship Mars in the Book of Negroes. The Haines' are listed in a family group in Captain George Travelle's Company in the Birchtown Muster. In the Book of Negroes, a William Haines is recorded as Tony's former owner. While there is a Haines/Haynes family in the tithable lists for the Norfolk area, there is no William among them and they do not own any male slaves. William Hayes, who is in the tithable lists for the Portsmouth area of the Western Branch between 1767 and 1770, seems to be the best match for Tony's former owner. From the tithable data, it would appear that William Hayes is in partnership with or works for James Grimes Snr, with whom he is listed each time he appears in the tithables. Grimes and Hayes are listed with a group of 5-6 slaves, one of whom is 'Tom' in 1767, 1768 and for the last time in 1770. After 1770 Grimes is no longer listed in the Portsmouth area with slaves and Hayes disappears altogether. It is unclear what happened to Tom/Tony after 1770, four years before he claims to have run in the Book of Negroes.Dinah Haynes his wife came from Suffolk in Nansemond County. There were close ties between Suffolk and Portsmouth where Tony lived.
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1738

Born

10/ June
1767

Tithables for Portsmouth Parish on the West Side of the Western Branch-1767 - Portsmouth Parish on the West Side of the Western

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Tom William Haines [Hayes] - Portsmouth [James Grimes Snr. and William Hayes are listed with a group of 6 slaves, one of whom is 'Tom'. We believe 'Tom' is Tony.]

10/ June
1768

Tithables for Portsmouth Parish to the West side of Western Branch-1768 - Portsmouth Parish on the West Side of the Western

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Tom William Haines [Hayes] - Portsmouth

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
Tom William Haines [Hayes] - Portsmouth

7/ Nov
1775

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

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    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

1775

Ran

1776

Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.

1782

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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

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    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
Mars
Master: James Greyson
Port Roseway Tony Haines 45 stout fellow James Cornet Formerly Slave to William Haines [Hayes], Portsmouth. Left 8 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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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
Toney Haines 40 W. Cameron Speir's Company Lived in the family a yr. Captain George Travelle's Company
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