Charles Herbert

Charles Herbert 50 travels with the Loyalist John Markham Herbert, from a big family of shipbuilders in Norfolk, who defected to Lord Dunmore with his slaves in 1776. Charles is part of an extended family of nine who were originally enslaved to Herbert, but Herbert only claims ownership of the the two youngest children. Charles appears to be married to Rose 45 and has children Isaac, 11 and Venus, 16. The status of this family is ambiguous, as they do not carry certificates of freedom.
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1733

Born

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

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.

1776

Ran

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
Esther
Master: Robert Gill
Port Roseway Charles Herbert 50 nearly worn out Formerly Slave to Markham Herbert, Portsmouth. Left 7 years ago. The status of this man and his family is ambiguous. Only the youngest children are claimed as enslaved to herbert
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