Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman is the husband of Patience Freeman. His owner John Rootes did not come from the Norfolk area, however it seems likely that Thomas Freeman was known to Mary Perth, given John Rootes married the daughter of Dr John Reade, a neighbour of John Willoughby. The surname is probably derived from William Freeman and sons, major slave owners in Norfolk and Princess Anne County. Thomas probably joined Cornwallis's army in 1781 and married Patience later in New York. He travels alone on the Joseph to Nova Scotia but is listed in the Birchtown muster. Thomas and Patience Freeman relocate to Sierra Leone with Mary and Caesar Perth.
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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

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Source for this event: Lord Dunmore's Proclamation




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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

  • Treaty of Paris -

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Evacuation of New York - New York

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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: James Mitchell
Annapolis Thomas Freeman 31 stout fellow Formerly Slave to John Rootes, Abbaco. Left 2 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.