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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Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
|London||Lambert Newton -|
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.
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.”
|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.|
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|
A rich spiritual experience was the only consolation for a life of appalling poverty in Nova Scotia.
|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|