Valentine Godfrey

Valentine Godfrey travels in the Book of Negroes with Edward, Bristol and Kitty Godfrey. Bristol, Edward and Valentine were owned by Matthew Godfrey and may be related. They appear to have run and then continued to travel together, being joined later by Kitty who was possibly married to Bristol. We lose track of them after the evacuation of New York because they do not go to Birchtown. They are all young adults and Valentine is the only one who is identifiable in Matthew Godfrey's tithables for Norfolk County. All three are however listed among the slaves Godfrey claims to have lost to the British.





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


British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.


Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willie Care's -1778 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Valentine Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk




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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: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Valentine Godfrey 22 likely lad Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago.
Assumed to be traveling in the Book of Negroes with:


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Matthew Godfrey claimed Valentine Godfrey]