Esther Herbert

Esther Herbert is the infant daughter of Rachel and Willis Herbert. She travels to Port Roseway on board L'Abondance with her mother Rachel and maternal grandmother, Hester Wilkinson, at the evacuation of New York. Her father Willis travels to Port Roseway on board a different vessel, the ship Mars. In the Book of Negroes Rachel Herbert is described as a 'stout wench with one girl 3 weeks old', this three week old child is Esther. Esther is named for the first time in the Birchtown Muster, where she is listed with her parents, Rachel and William (Willis) as well as her grandmother Hester Wilkinson in Captain Robert Nicholson's Company.
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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.

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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
Esther Herbert 1 Captain Robert Nicholson's Company
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