Joseph Brown

Joseph is married to Abby/Abigale Brown. They leave New York with their children, Dinah, Nancy and William Patrick, on board L'Abondance and appear in the Birchtown Muster with a new infant son, Thomas (Dinah appears to have died). Silas Brown, who appears to be Joseph's father, also makes the journey from New York to Birchtown, though he travels separately to his son's family. The surname Brown comes from Richard Brown, who was the owner of Silas Brown (Cesar). Richard Brown was very closely connected to Capt. John Phrip and also to his son Matthew, the former owner of Joseph and Nancy. John Phrip and Richard Brown used to exchange slaves and it would appear this close relationship continued with his son Matthew. Joseph was working for Richard Brown in 1778, as he disappears from Phrip's tithables and a Joseph appears in Brown's, though Joseph is still owned by Phrip. It is unclear whether Joseph is the father of William Patrick who becomes William Brown in the Birchtown muster.
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1753

Born

June
1771

Tithables for The Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk-1771 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Joe Matthew Phrip [Frip] - Norfolk

1773

Tithables for the Western Division -1773 - Western District

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Joe Matthew Phrip [Frip] - Norfolk

19/ May
1774

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774 -

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Joe Matthew Phrip [Frip] - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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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

1778

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek-1778 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Joseph Richard Brown - Portsmouth [This Joseph appears in Richard Brown's tithables in 1778 and we believe it is likely to be Joseph Brown (he is not listed in Matthew Phrip's tithables in 1778), who is owned by Matthew Phrip, but working for Richard Brown. There was a very close connection between Capt. John Phrip (Matthew's father) and Richard Brown who appeared to exchange slaves. ]

1780

Ran

1781

Siege of Yorktown - YorkTown

1782

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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

1783

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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Joseph Brown 30 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Matthew Phrip [Frip], Norfolk. Left 3 years ago.
Joseph Brown's Relationships

1784

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
Joseph Brown 30 Labourer Captain Perth's Company
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