Ben Broughton

Ben 60 claims to be the property of Thomas [Thurmer] Hogwood/ Hoggood/ Hoggard in Princess Anne County. He is listed in Thurmer Hoggard's tithables for 1775 and 1778. The name Broughton is undoubtedly from a family of hat name in Princess Anne County.

Ben Broughton Relationships
  • Married: Nancy Broughton, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship Common Owner ] , Source: The Book of Negroes





10/ June

Tithables for the South Side of the Western Branch -1767 - South Side of the Western Branch

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Ben Sarah Hobgood [Hogwood] - Norfolk [Sarah Hogwood appears to be the wife of one of Thomas Hogwood's sons.]

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: Hugh Watts
Port Roseway Ben Broughton 38 Passable Alpheus Palmer Formerly Slave to Thomas Hoggart [Hogwood], Norfolk. Left 4 years ago.


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
Benjamin Broughton 40 Dole Captain Jacob With