Betsey Wilson

Betsey travels with her unnamed children in the Book of Negroes and is not in the Birchtown Muster. Betsey says she is free and lived with Mrs 'Randsberry' (probably a corruption of Runsberg) of Norfolk, Virginia who died in New York. Betsey may be connected to Luke Wilson and Dolly Wilson, who also leave New York on L'Abondance.
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1756

Born

7/ Nov
1775

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

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    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

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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Betsey Wilson 27 stout wench with 2 children 5 and 1 years old Born free in Norfolk. Lived with Mrs. Randsberry of Norfolk, Virginia who died in New York.
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