Mary Bright

Mary was born free in Jamaica, Long Island. She left New York on the 31 October 1783 with her two children, Matthew and Silas, on board the ship Elijah. Her husband, Silas Bright also left New York on board this ship, although he appears to have boarded two others prior to this point (the Blackett and the Mars). They all reappear as a family group in the Birchtown Muster.

Matthew, who was 10 years old at the time of the Muster and uses the last name 'Retus' appears to be Mary's child from a previous relationship.





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


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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: Alexander Buchanon
Port Mattoon Mary Bright 26 Ordinary Wench Hugh Miller Born free in Long Island.
Mary Bright's Relationships


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
Mary Bright 26 Captain Robert George Bridges' Company
Mary Bright's Relationships