Edward Thewston [Thruston]

Edward Thruston lived in the Portsmouth area. His daughter Elizabeth married Cornelius Calvert in 1772. His other daughters married John Hutchins, Moses Robertson and William Smith. His wife Elizabeth was the sister of Robert Tucker's mother so his children were Tucker's cousins. Thruston's slaves included Nathaniel, Violet and Timothy Snowball, as well as Grace Thompson.
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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

1779

The following slaves ran from Edward Thewston [Thruston]

May
1779

The Burning of 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

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    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

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    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 Edward Thewston [Thruston]:
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 Grace Thomson 24 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Edward Thewston [Thruston], Norfolk. Formerly Slave to Elizabeth Thruston, Great Bridge to Ferry Point . Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_029.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Lydia Thomson 9 likely girl Formerly Slave to Edward Thewston [Thruston], Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_029.JPG
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