Silas Brown

Silas Brown appears to be the patriarch of the extended Brown family. His son Joseph also makes the journey to Birchtown with his family, although they run a year later and travel separately to Silas. The surname Brown comes from Silas' former owner Richard Brown. Silas' son Joseph and his family were owned by Matthew Phrip and John Willoughby, who were loyalists and neighbours. Richard Brown was very closely connected to Capt. John Phrip (father of Matthew Phrip) and they used to exchange slaves. Joseph and his daughter Nancy were owned by Matthew Phrip and Abby (Abigail) Brown (Joseph's wife) was acquired by John Willoughby along with her son, William Patrick - which is a corruption of Phrip. It would appear that Abby was owned by Phrip before she was acquired by Willoughby, although she does not appear with this name in Phrip's tithable lists.

Along with the Walke family the Browns, Phrips and Willoughbys were all related to each other by marriage.

Henry Brown married Elizabeth Willoughby in 1777;John Brown married Sally Walke in 1767; John Phrip married Mary-Anne Walke in 1762 and Nancy Walke married John Willoughby sometime in the 1760s.

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Name Owner
Ceasar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

1732

Born

1765

Tithables for the Western District - 1765 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Caesar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

1767

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street - 1767 - West Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ceasor Richard Brown - Portsmouth

June
1770

Tithables for the Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk- 1770 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ceasar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

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
Caesar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

10/ June
1772

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street- 1772 - West Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Caesar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

19/ May
1774

Tithables for the Western precinct of the Borough of Norfolk-1774 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ceasar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

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
Ceasar Richard Brown - Portsmouth

1779

Ran

May
1779

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.

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
Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Silas Brown 51 ordinary fellow Formerly Slave to Richard Brown, Portsmouth. Left 4 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Silas Brown's Relationships
  • Child: Joseph Brown [Assumed Common Distinctive Name Proximity In Ownership Kin Relations Between Owners Appropriate Ages ]

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
Silas Brown 51 Labourer Captain James Read's Company
Silas Brown's Relationships
  • Child: Joseph Brown [Assumed Common Distinctive Name Proximity In Ownership Kin Relations Between Owners Appropriate Ages ]