William Herbert

William Herbert is one of the Herbert brothers along with Thomas, John, Joshua and Whidon Herbert. they are suspected loyalists. John managed the shipyard at Portsmouth . They own land as well as shipping interests. They all live in the same district (New Mill Creek to Greatbridge and Portsmouth) as does Goodridge (a Methodist and Tory), Ives, Luke (Methodist), Jenkins (Methodist), Sprowle (Methodist and Tory), Sheddon (Methodist and Tory), Taylor, Tucker (Tory), Veale, William, Wilkins, James (Tory), Waller and Brown. Herbert Snr 's will in 1749 was witnessed by the sons of John Widdow; Markham, Thomas ,Henry, John William and Hillary as well as Herbert Snr's son in Law 'Tucker'. Clearly the Herberts move in both Methodist and Tory circles.
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7/ Nov

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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


Tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge - 1778

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Willis William Herbert - Norfolk
Phillip William Herbert - Norfolk


The Burning of 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.


The following slaves ran from William Herbert


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Treaty of Paris

  • 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

  • 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
Runaways that were owned by William Herbert:
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks Source
Master: James Greyson
Port Roseway Willis Herbert 30 Stout Fellow James Miller Formerly Slave to William Herbert, Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_025.JPG
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
Transcript Slaves that this may relate to.

1 Negro fellow named Tobey - 300 Pounds

1 Negro fellow named America - 250 Pounds

1 Negro fellow named Peter - 250 Pounds

1 Negro fellow named Willis - 200 Pounds

1 Negro fellow named Jacob - 250 Pounds

1 Negro fellow named Daniel - 150 Pounds

1 Negro fellow named Suppes - 100 Pounds

Peter Herbert

Willis Herbert