William Smith [Norfolk]

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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.

1777

Tithables for Great Bridge to New Mill Creek- 1777

Name Owner
Hanna William Smith [Norfolk] - Norfolk

1778

The following slaves ran from William Smith [Norfolk]

June
1778

Tithables for Great Bridge to Edmonds Bridge and New Mill Creek - 1778

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Hannah William Smith [Norfolk] - Norfolk

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 Smith [Norfolk]:
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 Hannah Whitten 30 stout wench with 5 children,8,7,6,5 and 1 Formerly Slave to William Smith [Norfolk], Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_041.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 Smith, Losses: 15 negroes, 1500 Pounds.

Hannah Whitten