Robert Blew

It appears the name 'Blew' comes from James Blaws, who was working with Thomas Newton. He owned a negro named Bob in the Western Division of Norfolk in 1773 and 1774.

Captain Gills from Robert's entry in the Book of Negros is probably John Gilchrist, a sea Captain who was at one stage in partnership with Peter Dickenson. The slaves of these captains are often absent or working for others when tithable lists are made, so it is not unusual that we do not find Robert in tithable listings after 1774. Pascoe (Parson) Turner is in Nansemond and claimed the loss of two slaves to the British, valued at 300 Pounds.

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1753

Born

June
1773

Tithables for the Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk- 1773 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Bob James Blaws - Norfolk [Entry is for Thomas Newton and James Blaws.]

19/ May
1774

Tithables for the Western precinct of the Borough of Norfolk-1774 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Bob James Blaws - Norfolk [Entry is for Thomas Newton and James Blaws.]

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

May
1779

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.

1779

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
London
Master: Hugh Watts
Port Roseway Robert Blew 30 stout fellow Richard White Formerly Slave to Captain John Gilchrist , Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Formally servant to Captain Gills who left him with Parson Turner in consequence of the proclamation, joined the British troops at Norfolk.
Remarks:[ 'Captain Gills' is probably Captain John Gilchrist, a sea Captain. 'Parson' Turner is Pascoe Turner from Nansemond. ]

1784

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
Robert Blew 23 Labourer White Dole Begins with 'Roger's' Mustered in White's family of Dole's Co. Captain Jacob With
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