Dinah Haynes

Dinah travels with her two daughters, Chloe and Nancy, and her husband Tony on board the ship Mars in the Book of Negroes. The Haines/Haynes family appears again in the Birchtown Muster as a group in Captain George Travelle's Company. Dinah claims to have run four years ago in the Book of Negroes. Her husband Tony said he ran eight years ago and their eldest child, Chloe, is six at the time of the Evacuation of New York. There were close connections between the towns of Portsmouth, where Tony came from and Suffolk in Nansemond County, the home of Dinah.
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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


The Burning of Portsmouth - Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.




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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
Master: James Greyson
Port Roseway Dinah Haynes 45 ordinary wench James Cummins Formerly Slave to Thomas Hammond, Suffolk. Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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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
Dinah Haines 35 W. Cameron Speir's Company Lived in that family a yr. Captain George Travelle's Company
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