Moses Halstede [Hallstead]

Moses travels with his wife Marry/Molly and her daughter Phillis and family are also together in the Birchtown Muster, in Captain James Read's Company. Moses was formerly owned by Henry Halstead and is listed in his tithables in the Great Bridge to Ferry Point area of Norfolk County for the first time in 1765 and for the last time in 1772. Moses claims he left Halstead in 1775 and this is supported by Henry's claim to have lost two slaves to the British in that year: Moses and his father, Jamaker (James Hallstead). It would appear that Moses joined Dunmore's Royal Ethiopian Regiment (DRER) after absconding and he is recorded as being present on Gwynn's Island between May and August 1776 as Moses 'Halsture'. The Halstead seem to have run with James Read whose owner was married to Simon Halstead's daughter.
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1753

Born

1765

Tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge - 1765 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Moss Henry Halstead - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for Great Bridge to Ferry Point - 1767 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Moses Henry Halstead - Norfolk

1768

Tithables for Great Bridge to Ferry Point - 1768 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Moses Henry Halstead - Norfolk

1770

Tithables for Greatbridge to Ferry Point - 1770 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Moses Henry Halstead - Norfolk

1771

Tithables for Ferry Point to Greatbridge - 1771 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Moses Henry Halstead - Norfolk

1772

Tithables for Great Bridge to Ferry Point - 1772 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Moses Henry Halstead - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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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

1775.5

Ran

1776

Dunmore's Fleet: Gwynn's Island May-August - 1776 -

Remarks:[Moses 'Halsture', who we believe to be Moses Halstead, is present on Gwynn's Island with the Loyalists in 1776, serving in Dunmore's Royal Ethiopian Regiment. This fits with the date he gave for running in the Book of Negroes. ]

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

  • 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

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
Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Moses Halstede 30 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Henry Halstead, Norfolk. Left 7.5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Moses Halstede's Relationships

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
Moses Halstead 36 Shoemaker Captain James Read's Company
Moses Halstead's Relationships

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Henry Halstead claimed Moses Halstede [Hallstead]]