Jane Halladay

Jane travels with her son Peter on the ship Clinton in the Book of Negroes. We are not able to identify Jane or her son in the Birchtown Muster and Jane herself is too young to have appeared in tithable listings before she ran from her former owner 'Benjamin' Guy ( probably Bayley Guy). Bayley Guy claims compensation from the British for the loss of four of his female slaves by 1780, we believe Jane is one of these women. It is possible that Jane and Sukey Dismal, another of Bayley Guy's slaves who is a similar age and also claims to have left him '5 years ago' (1778), ran away together. It is unclear where the name Halladay comes from as we have little more information relating to Jane, but it could be the name of her husband (who is not identifiable in the Book of Negroes) and father of Peter. However Holladay is a big slave owning Quaker family from Nansemond much intermarried with the Godwin clan. It could be that her name originated with them.





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.




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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 Jane Halladay 22 stout wench Formerly Slave to Benjamin Guy, Abbaco. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Jane Halladay's Relationships


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Bayley Guy claimed Jane Halladay]