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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James and Sally Halstead leave New York on board the ship L'Abondance with a 10 year old charge, George Snail, who we suspect is their grandson. The three are found in a family group in Captain Snowball's Company in the Birchtown Muster, where James' occupation is listed as 'carpenter'. It is interesting to note that the Hallstead, Snowball and Herbert families who all left New York on board L'Abondance are still to be found together in Snowball's Company in the Muster.