Peter Weeks

Peter Weeks, 45 says he was born free at Northampton on the estate of Major John Robins and so he was. His mother Amy was free black woman who was the daughter of a white woman and a slave. Amy Weeks was indentured to John Robins and her son Peter was born 27 November 1746, and bound apprentice to John Millard on 28 July 1750, then to Alexander Kemp on 13 February 1750/1, and to Robinson Savage, Jr., on 11 July 1758. He was recorded as a "free Negro" taxable in Northampton County in 1769. He ran off to join Lord Howe en route to Philadelphia. He had a family left behind in Northampton. He is in the Birchtown muster with his wife Diana from New York, and baby son. The family goes to Sierra Leone.

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  • 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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1738

Born

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

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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.

1778

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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Peter Weeks 45 stout fellow Left 5 years ago. Born free in Northampton.
Remarks:[we assume he left to join the Philadelphia campaign in 1777]
[We think Peter Weeks actual ran in: 6]