Pindar Keeling

Pindar appears at first to be traveling alone in the Book of Negroes however near to her and on the same ship is William Keeling. Lending support to the idea that these two were a married couple is their absence from the Birchtown Muster. This indicates that they as a couple went elsewhere. Willis Ball only lists a 'Samey' among his slaves however in his Loyalist Claim he mentions a male slave AND a female slave with two children. This would seem to indicate that he had another business outside of the Norfolk area. William Keeling indicates that he came from the Eastern Shore, but the keelings are an old family from Princess Anne County who branched out to the eastern shore. It is not known if any were related nor what happened to the two children mentioned in Ball's claim.





7/ Nov

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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


British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • 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.




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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


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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
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Pindar Keeling 29 stout wench Formerly Slave to Willis Ball, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Pindar Keeling's Relationships


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Willis Ball claimed Pindar Keeling]