Ben Poole

Ben travels with his wife, Mary in the Book of Negroes. They are together again in the Birchtown Muster though this time they have been joined by the Henry family. It is interesting to note that Mary Poole and Miny Henry came from Philadelphia- a probable cause for the connection. Ben claims to have been owned by Edward Poole but the tithables clearly show him to have been consistently owned by Howard Poole. It is a strong possibility that Dick Poole, who also travels on the Ranger is the son of Ben. Dick is listed as being dead in the Birchtown Muster.
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Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

1740

Born

1759

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Grate Bridge - 1759 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

1765

Tithables for the Western District - 1765 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street - 1767 - West Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

June
1770

Tithables for the Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk- 1770 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

June
1771

Tithables for The Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk-1771 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

10/ June
1772

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street- 1772 - West Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

June
1773

Tithables for the Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk- 1773 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

19/ May
1774

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774 -

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Ben Howard Poole - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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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

1776

Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.

1776

Ran

1782

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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

1783

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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
Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Ben Poole 43 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Edward Poole, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Royal Artillery Department.
Ben Poole's Relationships

1784

Birchtown Muster - Birchtown

Source for this event: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
Name Age Occupation Families they lived with Companies they belong to Remarks Company They Are Now With
Benjamin Poole 40 Labourer Captain James Read's Company
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