William Hodges

The Hodges were a big family spread through Norfolk, Isle of Wight, Nansemond counties and into North Carolina. One branch of the family were notorious Tories (two were executed in 1778 and Josiah Hodges was a Loyalist on Dunmores fleet) while the family in isle of Wight appears to be Quaker. William Hodges comes from the branch in Norfolk who were engaged in maritime activity and well connected to other Norfolk families. William Burgess and grandmother a Joliffe, while the brother-in laws were Richard Brown and Samuel Smith.There are at least two William Hodges represented in the BON, the other was teh owner of of Susannah Smith and her children; another of Charles Ford.
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7/ Nov
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

Aug
1777

British Invasion of Philadelphia

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.

1782

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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

1783

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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 Hodges:
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 Eunis Smith 10 fine girl Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_038.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Luke Smith 18 stout fellow Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_038.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Rose Smith 12 fine girl Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_038.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Saunders Smith 22 stout fellow Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_038.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Susannah Smith 40 stout wench with a child 4 years old Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_037.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Charles Ford 28 Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_028.JPG
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1785

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.
William Hodges, 2 Negroes 250 Pounds; In the same claim: William Hodges, 13 Negroes 1000 Pounds

Charles Ford