Timothy Snowball

Timothy is the brother of Nathaniel Snowball, although he travels separately from the Snowball family in the Book of Negroes. It is interesting that Timothy is described as mulatto suggesting a white father. This may be clue to the unusual surname. Snowball is not a name found in either Norfolk or Princess Anne Conty. It is mostly to be found in the north of England. He could be a white mariner, like the father of Betty Hemings.

Like his brother he was originally owned by Thruston and will with his mother and siblings to Elizabeth Thruston who later married Cornelius Calvert. The BON entry suggest that he left with his brother in 1776, but the tithable entry shows him in Norfolk in 1778 and Cornelius Calverts's claim against the British list him as absconding with Old Jenn (his mother, we presume) and a child aged 5 in May 1779. We assume the child is Maria Snowball aged 8 living with James Thompson in Birchtown Muster when Timothy was indentured elsewhere.

Timothy was registered as married and his wife is Diana Snowball, 30, listed separately in the Birchtown muster but listed not in the BON. This is Abby who ran from Cornelius Calvert in 1776 with her daughter Phillis (presumed dead) leaving behind the daughter Parthina/Maria.

He relocated to Sierra Leone with the rest of his extended family.

Timothy Snowball Relationships
  • Siblings: Nathaniel Snowball, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship Shared Group Membership ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Married: Diana Snowball, Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In Ownership, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Parent: Maria Snowball, Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In Ownership, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages , Source: Patriot claims for losses to the British
  • Relative: Grace Thomson , Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Common Owner , Source: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780

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1746

Born

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
Tim Elizabeth Thruston - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

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
tim Cornelius Calvert - Norfolk

1774

Tithables for East Side of Church Street - 1774 - East Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Tim Cornelius Calvert - 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

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

1778

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
Tim Cornelius Calvert - Norfolk

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
Nautilus
Master: Kildare Williamson
Albaro Timothy Snowball 37 stout fellow,mulatto Capt. Kennedy Formerly Slave to Cornelius Calvert, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago.
Remarks:[He was still listed in the 1778 tithables ]
[We think Timothy Snowball actual ran in: 1779]

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Cornelius Calvert claimed Timothy Snowball]
Remarks: [Calvert is generally understating the ages of these runaways, possibly to increase their value. ]