Black Loyalist is a repository of historical data about the African American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes. In this first stage, the site concentrates on providing biographical and demographic information for the largest cohort, about 1000 people from Norfolk Virginia and surrounding counties.
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Peter Weeks, 45 says he was born free at Northampton on the estate of Major John Robins and so he was. His mother Amy was free black woman who was the daughter of a white woman and a slave. Amy Weeks was indentured to John Robins and her son Peter was born 27 November 1746, and bound apprentice to John Millard on 28 July 1750, then to Alexander Kemp on 13 February 1750/1, and to Robinson Savage, Jr., on 11 July 1758. He was recorded as a "free Negro" taxable in Northampton County in 1769. He ran off to join Lord Howe en route to Philadelphia. He had a family left behind in Northampton. He is in the Birchtown muster with his wife Diana from New York, and baby son. The family goes to Sierra Leone.