Peter Herbert

Peter Herbert, his wife Betsey and their two children, Lancaster and Jenny leave New York on board L'Abondance after all having run form their former owners at the same time (1780). By the time of the Birchtown Muster, the family has grown to include not only two infant daughters, Nancy and Betty Herbert, but three other children: the 16 year old Thomas O'Neal and two more infant girls, Molly and Abby whose last names and ages are not recorded. Peter and Betsey seem to have become guardians of these children, Molly and Abby are probably orhans they have taken in. Peter identifies his former owner as John Whitten [Whiddon], but his last name probably comes from the Herbert family who have very close ties to John Whiddon. Herbert claimed the loss of a 'Peter' to the British. Peter cannot be found in John Whiddon's tithables in the Norfolk area before he runs in 1780, although a "Phillip', who could be Peter, appears in William Herbert's tithables in the Ferry Point to Great Bridge area in 1778 along with a 'Willis' (Willis Herbert). Robert Barron (the former owner of Betsey, Lancaster and Jenny Herbert), John Whiddon and William Herbert all own property in the Ferry Point to Great Bridge area in Norfolk County. It is interesting to note that the Herberts and the Hallsteads, who are both from this area appear to travel together as they all leave New York on L'Abondance in July 1783 and are both in Snowball's Company in the Birchtown Muster.
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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


Tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge - 1778 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Phillip William Herbert - Norfolk




Siege of Yorktown - YorkTown


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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 Peter Herbert 28 stout fellow Formerly Slave to John Whitten [Whiddon], Norfolk. Left 3 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
Peter Herbert 20 Ship carpenter Captain Snowball's Company
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that William Herbert claimed Peter Herbert]