Samuel Halstead

Samuel Halstead is identified as the former owner of James Hallstead in the Book of Negroes. He is a slave owner in the Norfolk area and part of the wider Halstead family, and he married his cousin Elizabeth daughter of Simon Halstead SR and probably James was a dower slave at the time of the marriage. The tithable lists show that James (Jamaica) was owned by Simon Halstead Snr and subsequently by his sons, Henry, John and Simon Jnr. James appears in the tithables for the last time in 1772 and is with Simon Jnr at this time. Moses Halstead, James' son, is owned by Simon Jnr's brother Henry Halstead and it is Henry who claims the loss of Moses and Jamaker (James) to the British in 1775.
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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation

  • 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 following slaves ran from Samuel Halstead


Small Pox outbreak

  • 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.


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Treaty of Paris

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    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

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    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
Runaways that were owned by Samuel Halstead:
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks Source
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway James Hallstead 63 feeble fellow Formerly Slave to Samuel Halstead, Norfolk. Left 7.5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_030.JPG
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