London Bloy

London Bloy 40 travels to Nova Scotia on the Providence. He says his owner was Lemuel Yestern, which is a corruption of Lemuel Newton, son of Col George Newton and brother to Thomas Newton, living in the Western Branch Precinct of Princess Anne County. There is a London in George Newton's titahbles for Norfolk listing which from 1751 till his death in 1762. he was not inherited by Thomas or the widow and appears to have been inherited by Lemuel. The few tithables for Princess Anne are very patchy, but London is listed with Lemuel Newton in 1778. This may be a different London, or his son, given that he would have to be older than 40 and his given age is younger in Birchtown and still younger when he leaves for Sierra Leone.

The name 'Bloy' is probably a corruption of 'Blaws' and the connection is with Captain Robert Blaws also from Princess Anne County whose son James Blaws was in business with Thomas Newton (see the entry for Robert Blew).

London travels in the Book of Negroes with Abigail Richardson and her daughter Catharine. She is in the tithables for John Richardson first in 1761 and still in 1773; he is from the same tithables district of Norfolk as George Newton. They all claim to have run in 1779. By the time of the Birchtown Muster they have all taken the name Bloy.

They go to Sierra Leone.

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Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek- 1751 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
London Lambert Newton -

7/ Nov

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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: John Richee
Port Roseway London Bloy 40 ordinary fellow Jesse Lear Formerly Slave to Lemuel Yestown, . 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
London Bloy 26 Labourer Begins with 'Perth's' Captain Levin Johnson
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List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone

Source for this event: List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone.
Name Age Where Born Number Of Children Age Of Eldest Occupation Property
London Bligh? 30 carpenter town lots with 40 acres govt uncultivated 2 acres with good house purchased