Sally Hallstead

Sally is the wife of James Hallstead and they travel together on the ship L'Abondance with the 10 year old George Snail, who we assume is their grandson. Sally and George were former slaves of Edward Mosely, according to the information in the Book of Negroes. This Edward Moseley is the 3rd cousin of the more powerful Edward Hack Mosely and is a ships' carpernter in Norfolk in business with Thorowgood Keeling. He also has propertyand slaves in Princess Anne County. Sally can be located in the tithables of his mother Mary Moseley in 1734 but after that the enslaved property in Princess Ann Count is not listed in the Norfolk Tithables. Edward's sister Mary Moseley married Captain Thomas Snaile. It is assumed that one of his enslaved workers was the father of George and his now deceased mother was daughter of James and Sally. Moses Hallstead may also be their son

The Hallsteads travel with the Snowballs, another group from Princess Anne County, in the BON and they remain together in the Muster in Snowball'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


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.




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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Sally Hallstead 60 feeble wench Formerly Slave to Edward Moseley, Princess Ann County. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Sally Hallstead's Relationships
  • Guardian: George Snail [Assumed Proximity In The Ship Proximity In Musters Common Owner Appropriate Ages ]
  • Married James Halstead


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
Sally Halstead 66 Captain Snowball's Company
Sally Halstead's Relationships
  • Guardian: George Snail [Assumed Proximity In The Ship Proximity In Musters Common Owner Appropriate Ages ]
  • Married James Halstead