Pleasant [Godfrey]

Pleasant travels on board La Aigle with her children Lettius and Ned in the Book of Negroes. They are all in the Black Pioneers, along with the others travelling on that ship. The family were formerly owned by Matthew Godfrey of Norfolk County and left him in 1778. Pleasant is listed in Godfrey's tithables in 1773 and 1778 and she and Lettius are named among the slaves he later claims to have lost to the British. The family do not go to Nova Scotia and it is unclear what happens to them after the evacuation of New York.






Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1773 - North Side of Tanners Creek

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


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
Pleasant 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
La Aigle
Master: John Blair
Annapolis Pleasant 26 Ordinary wench Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Black Pioneers.
Pleasant 's Relationships


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 Pleasant [Godfrey]]