Rachel Fox

Rachel travels with her husband Charles in the Book of Negroes. While she is listed in the Birchtown Muster her husband Charles has died. There is some discrepancy in her age. The BON states that Rachel is 42 and her husband is 33. In the Birchtown however her age is listed as being 34 and her husband Charles also 34. This is more likely to be their ages especially if they were married. There is a possibility that they are siblings and this should not be ruled out. If that is the case then they are likely twins. The fact that Charles actually has a listing, with 'Dead' written next to his name and by his age increasing by one year from his BON entry means that he must have died during or just after the Muster list was made up in 1784. They list no children. James Moorfield, the stated former owner of Rachel has no tithable listings for Norfolk.





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


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.




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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: Joseph Clark
Port Roseway Rachel Fox 42 thin,weakly wench John Anderson Formerly Slave to John Fox, Gloucester. Formerly Slave to James Moorfield, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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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
Rachel Fox 34 Hale's Family Potters Company Came in Turnbull's Co is the _? _? And has received provisions to 4 May 84 Captain Thomas Francis' Company
Rachel Fox's Relationships