Sara E. Lewis
From an index to the Virginia Gazette, produced in 1950 by Lester J. Cappon and Stella F. Duff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Omohundro Institute) with additional Gloucester (including Kingston Parish) material not noticed or selected by the indexers. Annual lists of world events put local listings in context. Please review primary source material before citing.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

February 9, 1739 - Smith

The Week before last, a Cow belonging to Major Lawrence Smith, of Gloucester County, brought forth a Calf at its full Time, with 2 Heads. The Body, and hind Parts were natural, as other Calves are, but about the Middle, between the Shoulders and the Heads, the Neck was divided into 2 separate Necks, which had each of them a perfect, distinct Head, with Ears, Eyes, Jaws, &c. as large and perfect, as is usual in other Calves. The Cow was alive; but the Calf died by the Violence us’d in forcing it from her. About 7 years ago, the same Gentleman had such another Calf; but not come to its full Growth.

February 2, 1739 - Ludlow, Carey, Montague, Dansie, Armistead, Bowles, Ruffan, Seymour, Trott,

Yesterday arrived in York River, the Ship York, Capt. Joseph Ludlow, from Bristol; the Ship Albemarle, (in the Service of Messieurs Carey and Montague,) Capt. Thomas Dansie, from London.

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We hear from Maryland, That about 6 Weeks ago, Mr. William Armistead, Son of Col. Henry Armistead, of Glocester County, in the Colony, was married to Miss ----- Bowles, second Daughter of James Bowles, Esq; deceas’d some Years since one of the Right Hon. the Lord Proprietor’s Council of that Province, and Grand-Daughter of Tobias Bowles, Esq; formerly an eminent Merchant of London, in the Virginia Trade; a very agreeable young Lady, with a Fortune of upwards of 6000 l. Sterling.

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We hear from Gloucester County, That on Thursday Night was Se’nnight, a Man who had been drinking at the Ordinary near the Court-house, being quarrelsome and troublesome to the Company, was, by a Man belonging to the House, push’d out of the Door, and missing his Step, fell backwards, and with the Fall and the Liquor together, dy’d soon after. The Coroner’s Inquest fate on the Body, and brought in their Verdict, Accidental Death.

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Enter’d in York River.
January 19. Ship New-Kent, of Bristol, David Ruffan, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
February 1. Ship York, of Bristol, Joseph Ludlow, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods, and 2 Passengers.
February 2. Ship Albemarle, Thomas Dansie, Master, from London, with sundry European Goods.

Clear’d out.
January 13. Sloop Pearle, of Bermuda, Daniel Seymour, Master, for Bermuda, with 1000 Bushels of Corn.
February 1. Sloop Mary, of Bermuda, Perient Trott, Master, for Bermuda, with 1200 Bushels of Corn, 50 Bushels of Pease, 500 Pieces of Pork, and 50 Bushels of Salt.

January 12, 1739 - Coffin, Seymour, Patchet, Lewis, Trott, Lambert, Wilson, Briggs, Southwick

Enter’d in York River.
December 18. Sloop Dove, of New-England, Alexander Coffin, Master, from Rhode-Island, with 4 Barrels of Cyder, a Parcel of Joyners Ware, 1000 Weight of Cheese, 2 Barrels of Fish, 1 Tierce of Rum, a Horse, and 2 Hogsheads of Molasses.
-- 28. Sloop Pearle, of Bermuda, Daniel Seymour, Master, of Bermuda, with 500 Bushels of Salr, 30 l. in Cash, 1 Tierce of Rum, and a Parcel of Straw Ware.
-- 29. Brig. Ann and Betty, of Lancaster, Allan Patchet, Master, from Lancaster, and Barbadoes, with sundry European Goods, 8 Barrels of Sugar, 4 Casks of Rum, 15 Boxes of Candles, 6 Firkins of Butter, and 4 Pistoles.
January 1. Ship Virginia, of Bristol, Richard Lewis, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
-- 1. Sloop Mary, of Bermuda, Perrent Trott, Master, from Bermuda, with 4 Hogsheads of Mollasses, 1 Hogshead of Rum, 1 Tierce of Sugar, 600 Bushels of Salt, a Parcel of Straw Ware, 1000 Oranges, and 40 l. in Cash.
-- 11. Ship Williamsburg, of Bristol, Jonathan Lambert, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods, as per Manifest and Cockets.

Clear’d out.
November 23. Sloop Molly, of Virginia, Thomas Wilson, Master, for Madeira, with 2014 Bushels of Wheat, 230 Bushels of Corn, 107 Bushels of Bonnavests, a Hogsheads and 2 Barrels of Bees-Wax, 4 Barrels of Glower, and 400 Hogshead Staves.
December 9. Schooner Grampus of Virginia, John Briggs, Master, for Madeira, with 2300 Bushels of Wheat, 1200 Pipe Staves, and 143 lb. of Bees-Wax.
January 1. Brig. Abingdon, of Virginia, Thomas Southwick, Master, for Madeira, with 2709 Bushels of Wheat, 152 Bushels of Pease, 112 Bushels of Corn, and 2000 Weight of Bread.

January 5, 1739 - Lewis, Patchett

Last Sunday Night arrived in York River, Capt. Richard Lewis, in the Ship Virginian, in 7 Weeks from Bristol; and reports, That a Rumour having been spread there, that the Tobacco-Law was to cease after this Crop, and that the Assembly would continue it no longer; the Merchants there declared, That if the Method of Inspecting Tobacco was discontinued, that Commodity would not be worth carrying Home; and that they desir’d him to signify this their opinion to the Planters, their Correspondents.

By this Ship we have an Account, That the King of Spain has sign’d the Articles of Convention, for a Treaty to be held for accommodating the Differences between Great-Britain and Spain: And,

There thereupon, His Britannick Majesty’s Ships of War, which were in the Ports of England, in Readiness for any Expedition, were ordered to laid up, and unmann’d for the Winter Season.

The Ship ------- Capt. Patchett, is also arrived in York River, from Liverpoole.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

1738 - Events from Around the World


The Scullery Maid, 1738, by Jean-Simèon Chardin. William A. Clark Collection, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

"They write from Paris that the Court of Spain has very lately declared to that of France, that she will not change a single Iota of the Conditions upon which she had heretofore offer'd to accede to the definitive Treaty of Vienna." Virginia Gazette, July 21, 1738

In 1738, the excavation of Herculaneum, a Roman city buried by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, begins. The discovery of ancient decoration sparks the neo-classical movement in the arts and design.

March 28 - Robert Jenkins, captain of the ship Rebecca, exhibits his ear, which he claims Spanish guards cut off in 1731. The English parliament declares war on Spain. The conflict with the declining European power had more to do with the establishment of power over Spain in the southern North American mainland and the Caribbean than with the indignity to Capt. Jenkins.

May 24 - John Welsey's conversion and establishment of the Methodist Church launches the Methodist Movement.

June 4 - George III, son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, is born in London. He was the third Hanoverian king of Great Britain. During his reign, Britain lost its American colonies but emerged as a leading power in Europe. He suffered from recurrent fits of madness.

November 13 - The Treaty of Vienna that ended the War of the Polish Succession in 1735 is ratified.

December 31 - British General and colonial governor Charles Cornwallis is born. During the American Revolution he would serve his country with distinction. Engagements in the Carolinas in 1780 and 1781, however, would sap his reserves such that he entrenched at Yorktown, Va. There, surrounded by a superior force of French and American troops, he would surrender on October 19, 1781, virtually ending the war.

December 29, 1738 - Hayes

As the Tobacco-Law, made the last Session of Assembly, relates to most of the Inhabitants of this Colony, and is in Force immediately from the last Day of the Session; I thought I could not take a better Method for making it generally known, and for Dispatch too, than by publishing it in the Gazette: And, I hope, it’s Usefulness will be an Attonement for the Place it takes of News.

An Act, for further Continuing and Amending the Act, for Amending the Staple of Tobacco; and for preventing Frauds in His Majesty’s Customs.

... And that new Public Warehouses be erected at the following Places: That is to say, Upon the old Plantation of Thomas Hayes, Gent. deceas’d, on the East Side of Easternmost River, in the County of Glocester: And that the Rent thereof, be Ten Pounds per Annum; and the Salary of the Inspectors, Thirty Pounds per Annum to each Inspector.

November 24, 1738 - Cozens, Wilson

We hear from Glocester County, That on Thursday or Friday in last Week, the Son of one Mrs. Cozens, a Boy about 14 or 15 Years old, was found murder’d in his Bed, weltering in his Blood, having received a Cut on the Side of the Head, as if done with an Ax; and the House was rifled and robbed. Mrs. Cozens, his Mother, who lived in a lonely Manner, within 4 or 5 Miles of Glocester Town, and had no other Family but this her only Son, and ‘tis said had sav’d up a good Sum of Money, had Occasion to go, on that fatal Day, to sit up with a sick Neighbour, and would have taken her Son with her, but he chose rather to stay at home and look after the House, by himself. In the Night, it’s suppos’d, after the Boy was gone to Bed, some wicked Person or Persons, got into the House, broke open Chests and Boxes, to search for her Money, (which she had hid so securely that they cou’d not find it) and after taking some Linen and what other valuable Goods they thought fit, murder’d the Child, to prevent Discovery, then went off, and have not been heard of yet. It’s suppos’d, Two Persons were concern’d in it, some Tracts of Shoes, and others of bare Feet being seen about the House.

His Honour the Governor has this Day, been pleased to order a Proclamation to be issued, offering a Reward of 20 l. and a Pardon, to any Accomplices, (other than the Person who actually committed the Murder) that shall discover the Author thereof, so as he or she be lawfully convicted.

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Clear’d out of York District.
November 22. Sloop Molly, of Virginia, Thomas Wilson, Master, for Madeira, with 2014 Bushels of Wheat, 230 Bushels of Corn, 107 Bushels of Bonavest, 2 Hogsheads and 2 Barrels of Bees Wax, 4 Barrels of Flour, and 400 Hogshead Staves.

November 3, 1738 - Tillidge, Lewis, Briggs

Enter’d in York River.
October 24. Snow John and Mary, of Virginia, Richard Tillidge, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
October 26. The Schooner Grampus, of Virginia, (belonging to Col. Lewis, of Gloucester), John Briggs, Master, from Boston, with 6 Barrels of Cyder, 5 Barrels of Train Oyle, 6 Barrels of Cod-Fish, and Mackrel, 4 Hundred Weight of Iron, 3 Hundred Weight of Iron Pots, Joiners and Coopers Ware, 4 Barrels of Cranberries, 30 Bushels of Apples, 1 Tierce of Mellasses, 5 Hogsheads and 6 Barrels of Rum, 4 Bags of Hops, 4 Ploughs and Chains, 1 Negro Slave, and 150 Weight of Cheese.

October 27, 1738 - Peyton, Perrin, Tillidge

We hear from Gloucester County, That about a Fortnight ago, one Peyton had his Brains dash’d out against a Tree, by his Horse’s running violently with him against it; and ‘tis said he instantly expir’d.

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The Snow John and Mary, belonging to Capt. John Perrin, Richard Tillidge, Commander, arriv’d in York River last Monday, from Bristol. He left England the 6th of September, and informs us, that War was not then proclaim’d; but there had been a very hot Press for Sailors, all over the Kingdom, to man the Fleets, order’d to be fitted out. That Mr. Horace Walpole was gone to the Court of Madrid with an important Commission; and that if he was not able by pacific Means to obtain Restitution from the Spaniards, in a very short Time, it was the general Opinion that another Method would be taken to oblige them to it.

October 6, 1738 - Compton, Rae

Yesterday sail’d out of York River, bound for England, His Majesty’s Ship the Sea-horse, Capt. James Compton, Commander, which hath been on this Station upwards of Three Years.

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Clear’d out of York River.
October 4. Ship Buchanan, of London, Robert Rae, Master, for London, with 689 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 11,100 Staves, 200 Feet of Walnut Plank, and 2 Tons of Iron.

September 29, 1738 - Whiting, Young

Clear’d out of York River.
August 30. Ship Whitaker, of London, Robert Whiting, Master, for London, with 631 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 8000 Staves, 2000 Heading, and 5 Fathom of Wood.
September 19. Ship Faulcon, of London, Hasden Young, Master, for London, with 10,400 Staves, 300 Piggs of Iron, 1600 lb. of Elephants Teeth, and sundry return’d Goods, part of her outward bound Cargo.

September 8, 1738 - Matthews, Hope

This is to give Notice, That the Subscriber, now living in Gloucester County, keeps a Ferry from Cappahosack, in the said County, to the Marsh belonging to the late Capt. Matthews’s, (which is much the nearer Way to and from Williamsburg;) whereby Gentlemen may depend on a ready Passage: And any Person wanting to come over to Gloucester, upon making a Fire on the said Marsh, may be sure of having the Boat to come for them, without any Delay, By their humble Servant, Richard Hope.

September 1, 1738 - Whiting

The Ship Whitaker, Capt. Robert Whiting, is clear’d out at York, for London; and waits only for a fair Wind.

August 25, 1738 - Young, Friend, Beale, Dansie, Ballard, Briggs, Orr

Enter’d in York River.
Aug. 5. Ship Faulcon, of London, Haiden Young, Master, from London, but last from Guinea, with 348 Slaves, some returned Goods, and 14 lbs. of Elephants Teeth.

Clear’d out.
Aug. 4. Ship Gooch, of London, Charles Friend, Master, for London, with 572 Hogsheads of Tobacco, some Skins, and Staves.
Aug. 5. Ship Martin, of Bristol. William Beale, Master, for Bristol, with 401 Hogsheads of Tobacco, some Iron, Staves, and returned Goods.
Aug. 8. Ship Braxton, of London, Thomas Dansie, Master, for London, with 304 Hogsheads of Tobacco, some Skins, Iron, Staves, and Plank.
Aug. 8. Scooner Darby, of North-Carolina, Sarvant Ballard, Master, for James River, with Pork, Corn, Wax, and Tallow, &c.
Aug. 17. Scooner Grampus, of Virginia, John Briggs, Master, for Boston, with 900 Bushels of Wheat, 400 Feet of Walnut Plank, 300 Pipe Staves, and 1 Hogshead of Madeira Wine.
Aug. 21. Brigantine Greenock, of Greenock, John Orr, Master, for Greenock, with 195 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 5500 Barrel Staves, and 600 Feet of Oak Plank.

August 4, 1738 - Thompson, Montgomery, Rae, Moore, Lansdon, Stovel, Wilkie, Waff, Friend

Enter’d in York River.
July 27. Sloop Molly, of Virginia, John Thompson, Master, from Barbadoes, with 45 Hogsheads, 8 Tierces, and 9 Barrels of Rum, 69 Barrels of Sugar, 1 Bag of Cotton, and 3 Negroes.
July 29. Ship Exchange, of Scarborough, Walter Montgomery, Master, from the Isle of May, with 4500 Bushels of Salt.
July 29. Ship Buchanan, of London, Robert Rae, Master, from Piscataway, with a Parcel of wooden Ware.
Aug. 4. There is a Ship arrived from Guinea, with about 300 Negroes, consign’d to Col. Moore.

Clear’d out.
July 24. Ship Mortimer, of Bristol, Robert Lansdon, Master, for Bristol, with 449 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 30 Tons of Iron, 5120 Staves, 51 Oak Boards, and 22 Deer Skins.
July 29. Sloop Joseph and John, of Bermuda, Joseph Stovel, Master, for Bermuda, with 1000 Bushels of Corn, 10 Bushels of Wheat, 80 Geese, 48 Ducks, 1 Mast, and 3 Sparrs.
July 29. Brigantine Martha and Sally, of Montrose, William Wilkie, Master, for London, with 186 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 2000 Staves.
Aug. 3. Ship Exchange, of Scarborough, Walter Montgomery, Master, for South Potowmack, with 1500 Bushels of Salt.
Aug. 4. Ship Micajah and Philip, of London, Elias Waff, Master, for London, with 684 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 9000 Staves.
Aug. 4. Ship Gooch, C. Friend, Mast. will clear this Day.

July 28, 1738 - Friend, Waff, Dansey, Beale, Lansdon

Capt. Friend, Capt. Waff, and Capt. Dansey, are expected down the River every Day to York, to clear out for London: As is also Capt. Beale, for Bristol.

The Ship Mortimer, Capt. Lansdon, sail’d on Tuesday last out of York River, for Bristol.

July 21, 1738 - Merridith, Briggs, Ludlow

Enter’d in York River.
July 12. Sloop Susannah, of Virginia, William Merridith, Master, with Ballast.
July 19. Schooner Grampus, of Virginia, John Briggs, Master, from Madeira, with 44 Pipes 16 Hogsheads and 22 Quarter Casks of Wine.

Clear’d out.
July 12. Sloop Susannah, of Virginia, William Merridith, Master, for Maryland, with sundry European Goods, imported here, as per Cockets.
July 17. Ship York, of Bristol, Joseph Ludlow, Master, for Bristol, with 416 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 50 Tons of Iron, 5500 Staves, and 6 Beaver Skins.

July 14, 1738 - Ludlow, Willis, Skipwith

Capt. Ludlow’s Ship is falling down York River, and will sail for Bristol in a few Days.

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RAN away about the Twentieth of April last, from Huntington, in Surry County, a Negro Man, named Davy, belonging to Col Francis Willis, of Gloucester County. He is an ancient Fellow, of a middle Stature, and thin Visage. Had on, when he went away, an Ozbrig Shirt, and Virginia Cloth Breeches; and is suppos’d to have taken with him, another Oznabrig Shirt, a Cotton Jacket, a Pair of old plain shoes, and Irish Stockings. Two Years ago, he ran away, and got to Edenton, in North Carolina, and called his Name Sam: it is thought he is gone the same Way again. Whoever will bring the said Slave to Huntington, in Surry County, shall have a Pistole Reward, besides what the Law allows, paid by William Skipwith.

July 7, 1738 - Lane, Thorp, Reynolds, Dear, Quirke, Saunders, Harwood

Clear’d out of York River.
June 23. Ship Humphry, of London, James Lane, Master, for London, with 804 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 1 Pipe of Madeira Wine, Staves, Walnut Plank, and Furrs.
June 27. Snow Northampton, of Virginia, Solomon Thorp, Master, for James River, with 4 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and sundry European Goods.
June 28. Ship Maynard, of London, Thomas Reynolds, Master, for London, with 467 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 6000 Staves.
July 1. Brig. Industry, of Sandwich, William Dear, Master, for London, with 209 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 1300 Staves.
July 3. Ship Bridget, of Bristol, Robert Quirke, Master, for Bristol, with 6 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 35 Tons of Iron, 8000 Staves, and sundry return’d Goods.
July 3. Ship Somerset, of Bristol, John Saunders, Master, for Bristol, with 308 Hogsheads of Tobacco, some Skins and Furrs, 4000 Staves, and 29 Tons of Iron.
July 7. This Day the Ship Caesar, John Harwood, Master, will Clear for James River, in order to compleat her Loading.

June 23, 1738 - Lane, Reynolds

The Ship Humphry, Capt. Lane, is fallen down the River, to York, in order to clear out and sail for London in a Day or Two. The Ship Maynard, Capt. Reynolds, will also sail thence, for London, in a few Days.

June 16, 1738 - Orr, Southwick, Whiting, Seabrook, Ruffan

Enter’d in York River.
June 2. Brig. Greenock, of Greenock, John Orr, Master, from Greenock, with sundry European Goods, and 6 Passengers.
June 12. Brig. Abingdon, of Virginia, Thomas Southwick, Master, from Barbadoes, with 6 Hogsheads, 80 Tierces, and 116 Barrels of Rum, 42 Barrels of Sugar, 16 Hogsheads and 1 Tierce of Mellasses, and 2 Barrels of Ginger.
June 14. Ship Whitaker, of London, Robert Whiting, Master, from London, and Georgia, with Ballast.

Clear’d out.
June 6. Ship John, of London, Charles Seabrook, Master, for London, with 571 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 40 tons of Iron, 4600 Staves, 1 Cask of Snake-Root, 83 undrest Deer Skins, and 20 lbs. of Bees Wax.
June 13. Ship New-Kent, of Bristol, David Ruffan, Master, for Bristol, with 388 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 5070 Staves, and 33 Tons of Iron.

June 2, 1738 - Stobel, Wilkie, Lambert, Belcher, Thornton, Matthews, Tompkins

Last Week, Three Men, fishing in a Boat in York River, were struck with Lightning; one of them was kill’d on the Spot instantly, and the other two were stunn’d for a while, but recover’d.

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Enter’d in York River.
May 27. Sloop Joseph and John, of Bermuda, J. Stovel, Master, from Barbadoes, with 1400 Bushels of Salt, 4 Tierces of Rum, a parcel of Plate, and 5 l. Cash.
June 2. Brig. Martha and Salley, of Montrose, William Wilkie, Master, from London and Madeira, with sundry European Goods, and 77 Pipes and 2 Hogsheads of Madeira Wine.

Clear’d out.
June 1. Snow Williamsburg, of Bristol, Jonathan Lambert, Master, for Bristol, with 248 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 18 Tons of Iron, 4000 Staves, and 62 undrest Deer Skins.
June 2. Ship Timothy and Jacob, of London, J. Belcher, Master, for London, with 394 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 15 Tons of Logwood, 990 Staves, &c.

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LOST on Whitsunday Night from Mrs. Anne Thornton’s Landing, in Gloucester County, a small Flat, built of Saffafras Timbers, a Notch saw’d in her fore Thwart for a Mast, a Poplar Plank for her Kelson, the starboard Side of the sculling Places having been broke off, was mended with a new Piece of the same Wood; the Stem is also rotten, which is plugg’d up: She is about 10 Feet by the Keel, and 4 Feet and Half wide. Whoever will bring her to the Subscriber, at Skimino Creek, or to the late Dwelling-House of Capt. Baldwin Matthews, deceas’d, or give Intelligence that she may be had again, shall be handsomely rewarded, by William Tompkins.

May 19, 1738 - Tillidge, Rumney, Lewis,

Clear’d out of York River, since our last,
The Brig. John and Mary, Capt. Tillidge, for Bristol.
The Ship Hanover, Capt. Rumney, for Bristol.
The Ship Virginian, Capt. Richard Lewis, for Bristol.
All loaden with Tobacco.

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Sir,

I Doubt not but you have heard of the severe Plague of Canker-worms, that are at this Time devouring the Wheat all over the Country. A compleat Remedy for so great an Evil, is hardly to be hop’d for: But I have try’d one Thing, upon the Experience of a Gentleman of Glocester County, with good Success. I have order’d a small Trench, a Spit deep, and a Foot wide, to be dug all round the Field, very near the Edge of the Wheat. The Sides of the Trench are so perpendicular, that when these Worms are in, they can’t get out again. It is amazing how many of them fall into this Trench, some marching towards the Wheat, and some out of it. I sent a good Number of Turkies to devour them in the Trench, but tho’they fill’d their Bellies, yet they left Millions.

It may perhaps be of Service to the Country, to insert this into your Gazette: I shou’d have communicated it sooner, but that I have lately convinc’d my self of its Success. You will, I hope, make Amends, by dispersing this Gazette with the utmost Expedition all over the Country. I am, Your humble Servant, PHILO-PATRIS.

May 12, 1738 - Forward, Beale

A Brigantine, belonging to Mr. Forward, is arriv’d in Pianketank, from London, but last from Lisbon.

Last Night arriv’d in York River, the Martin Galley, Capt. William Beale, from Bristol: By whom Letters are come, which advise, that a War with Spain seems unavoidable; and that Tobacco bears but a low Price.

May 5, 1738 - Thompson, Willis, Kerr, Martin, Dansie, Harwood

Enter’d in York River.
May 1. Sloop Molly, of Virginia, John Thompson, Master, from Jamaica, having on board 45 Casks of Mellasses, 200 Gallons of Rum, 1 Hogshead of Sugar, 1 Bag of Ginger, and One Hundred Pounds of Cash. She belongs to Col. Frances Willis.
May 1. Sloop Coan, of Virginia, John Kerr, Master, from Dublin, having on board a Chest of White and Brown Linens, Provisions, and 53 Passengers. She is in the Employ of Col. Martin, who is arriv’d in her.
May 4. Ship Braxton, of London, Thomas Dansie, Master from London, and Lisbon, having on board Ballast.
May 4. This Day came round from James River, the Ship -------- John Harwood, Master, in order to take in Tobacco for London.

Clear’d out. None.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

April 28, 1738 - Tomlins, Minor, Lee, Barry, Hughes, Lewis

Ran away, on Tuesday Night last, from the Subscriber, of Gloucester County, Four Servant Men, viz. John Tomlins, a tall, thin Fellow, about 26 Years old, very much disfigur’d with the Small-Pox; had on a dark snuff-colour’d Cloth Coat and Breeches, and wears his own light colour’d Hair. John Minor, a tall well-set Fellow, about the same Age, and disfigur’d with Small-Pox; he had on a light Drab Coat and Breeches, with a white Wigg; he is a Plaisterer by Trade, but can do Glaziers and Bricklayers Work, and has got a Diamond, Trowel, and other Tools with him. Thomas Lee, a tall, thin Man, about 40 or 50 Years of Age, a Convict, has lost one of his Fingers, is a Joyner by Trade; and had with him a snuff colour’d Coat and Breeches, a light colour’d great Coat, and many Joyners Tools. George Barry, a Lad about 16 or 17 Years of Age, a Convict; he is of a fair Complexion, is a Barber by Trade; and had on a light brown Cloth Coat turn’d, with broad Metal Buttons, grayish Breeches, and a brown Wigg. They went away in a new Flat that would carry about 3 Hogsheads: And there is suppos’d to be run away in Company with them, a Convict Servant Man, a Joyner by Trade, belonging to the Rev. Mr. Hughes, of the same County. Whoever apprehends them, or any of them, so that they may be safely deliver’d to their said Master, shall have Half a Pistole Reward for each of them, besides what the Law allows, paid by John Lewis.

April 21, 1738 - Booth

Enter’d in York River.
April 14. Ship Bridget, of Bristol, from Africa and the West Indies, with 190 Slaves, and some return’d Goods.

Clear’d out.
April 21. Ship Hafwell, of London, John Booth, Master, with 394 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and Staves.

April 14, 1738 - Smith, Braxton

About 10 Days ago, the Ship Richmond, Capt. Smith, from Bristol, bound for Rappahanock, with a very considerable Quantity of Goods on board, ran on the Middle-Ground, near the Capes, and receiv’d so much Damage that she had in a small Time 6 or 7 Feet Water in her Hold, upon which the Captain, Passengers, and the whole Ships Crew left her, with the Sails standing, and went for Help to save what Goods they cou’d; but on there Return, cou’d not find the least Appearance of her; so that they know not whether she is beat to Pieces, and was wash’d away; or got off by the Help of her Sails, and is drove elsewhere.

...

This Week a Ship arriv’d in York River from Guinea, with upwards of 200 Negroes, which are consign’d to Col. Braxton.

April 7, 1738 - Sanders, Reynolds, Charnock, Malbon, Friend

Enter’d in York River,
March 31. Snow Williamsburg, of Bristol, Jonathan Lambert, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
April 1. Ship Somerset, of Bristol, John Sanders, Master, from Bristol and Cadiz, in Ballast.
April 6. Ship Maynard, of London, Thomas Reynolds, Master, from London, with sundry European Goods, and 7 Passengers.

Clear’d in York River,
March 29. Ship Staunton, of London, Samuel Charnock, Master, for London, with 344 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 3400 Staves.
April 4. Ship Carter, of London, Samuel Malbon, Master, for London, with 519 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 880 Staves.

Capt. Friend is arriv’d at Hampton, and will come to York River, as soon as he has unloaded some Goods.

March 31, 1738 - Lambert, Harmer, King

This Morning arriv’d in York River, the Snow Williamsburgh, Capt. Jonathan Lambert, from Bristol. and consign’d to Messieurs Harmer and King, Merchants in Williamsburg.

March 24, 1738 - Wilcox

We hear Capt. Wilcox is arriv’d in Rappahanock from London.

March 17, 1738 - Underdown, Seabrooke, Lane

On Saturday Night, last, arrived in York River, the Ship Virginia Planter, Capt. Underdown, from London. And on Monday, arrived the John, Capt. Seabrooke, from London. Also, the Humphry, Capt. Lane, from London. And this Morning, came in the New-Kent, and Mortimer, from Bristol.

March 10, 1738 - Belcher, Carr

Since our last, arrived in York River, the Ship Timothy and Jacob, Capt. Belcher, in about 11 Weeks from London. They took in at Sea, one Capt. Carr, and 5 of his Men, belonging to a Brigantine, bound from the Bay of Honduras to Rhode Island, loaden with Logwood; but they having met with bad Weather, a long Passage, Scarcity of Provisions, and their Vessel so Leaky that they were obliged to pump her constantly, for several Days, till they were almost spent with Fatigue, in which Difficulties they had lost 4 Men, fortunately met with Capt. Belcher, who took them on board, and left the Brigantine with 7 Feet Water in her Hold.

March 1, 1738 - Gould, Lewis

Last Saturday arrived in York River, the Ship York, Capt. Gould, in 9 Weeks from Bristol; by whom we have the following Advices:

London, November 15. On Saturday last, about Noon, the whole Court was in the greatest Consternation, and in a perfect State of Despondency, her Majesty’s Life being despair’d of ...

London, Nov. 22. Last Sunday Night at Eleven o’Clock, died of Mortification of the Bowels, Her Majesty Wilhelmina Dorothea Carolina, Queen Consort of Great Britain, &c. aged 54 Years, 8 Months, and 20 Days ...

Bristol, Nov. 19 ... Last Monday Morning were lost in a Storm, on the Nass-Sands, near Aberthaw, in Wales, the Pye-Snow, Capt. Charles Adlam, belonging to Mr. Chamberlayne of this City; and the Priscilla Brigantine, belonging to Col. Lewis, of Virginia; both loaden with Tobacco from Virginia, for this Port; all the Men were sav’d except the Boatswain of the Pye, who was wash’d overboard. Those Sands have been fatal to other Ships; but as the Lighthouse now erecting on the Flat-Holms, is near finish’d, ‘tis hop’d these Accidents will be prevented.

February 17, 1738 - Fox, Richards

Yesterday was Se’nnight, the Rev. Mr. John Fox, Minister of Ware Parish, in Gloucester County, was marr’d to Mrs. Richards, Relict of the Rev. Mr. Richards, late Minister of the same Parish.

February 10, 1738 - Nelson, Page, Burwell, Pitt, Briggs


c. 1900 photo of "Rosewell" in Gloucester. The widow of Mann Page I, Judith Carter Page, lived at "Rosewell" in 1737, the year in which she received a bequest from her father Robert "King" Carter's estate, that enabled her to continue work on the mansion. Judith's sister, Elizabeth Carter (d. 1734), was married to Nathaniel Burwell (d. 1721) of "Fairfield" in Gloucester. The bride, Elizabeth Burwell, mentioned below, was Nathaniel and Elizabeth Burwell's daughter. As they were deceased, she was probably living with her aunt, Judith Carter Page, also mentioned below.

Yesterday was Se’nnight, Mr. William Nelson, eldest Son of Mr. Thomas Nelson, an eminent Merchant in York, was married, at Mrs. Page’s in Gloucester County, to Miss Elizabeth Burwell, a very genteel, accomplish’d young Lady, of great Merit, and a considerable Fortune.

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Clear’d out of York River,
Feb. 6. Sloop Rebecca and Batchelor, of Bermuda, William Pitt, Master, for Bermuda, with 300 Bushels of Pease, 3000 Feet of Pine Plank, 3000 Hogshead Staves, 3000 Bricks, 150 Geese, and 50 Bushels of Indian Corn.
---- 9. Schooner Grampus, of Virginia, John Briggs, Master, for Madeira, with 870 Bushels of Wheat, 1451 Bushels of White Pease, 1914 Bushels of Red Pease, 40 Bushels of Beans, 2 Hogsheads and 1 Barrel of Bees Wax, and 600 Pipe Staves.

January 20, 1738 - Throckmorton

About a Fortnight since, died in the 77th Year of his Age, at his House in Gloucester County, and was last week decently interr’d, Mr. Gabriel Throckmorton, who had been many Years in the Commission of the Peace for that County, and great P___ of the Time and First in the Commission. He was a Gentleman of an unblemished Reputation, just in all his Dealings, a kind Husband, an indulgent Parent and a good Neighbour; and for his valuable Qualities, the Loss of him is much lamented.

January 13, 1738 - Perrin, Littlepage

To all Gentlemen, and Others, Capt. John Perrin, Owner of the Snow John and Mary, lying at Mr. Littlepage’s Wharf, on Pamunky River, Gives Notice, That the said Snow has Now actually above Half her Loading of Tobacco engag’d for Bristol; and wants about One Hundred Hogsheads to complete her Loading: And therefore makes this Proposal, in Order to have her a forward Vessel, That if any Gentlemen will make up that Number of Hogsheads, and give Orders for them, by the Beginning of April, so that she may sail by the Middle of the Month, that he will, on those Terms, agree to settle the Freight of all her Loading, at Seven Pounds Sterling per Ton.

January 6, 1738 - Dennis, Wynch, Barres

Yesterday arriv’d in York River, the Rose Pink, Capt. Dennis, from London. Mr. Wynch, who kept a Store in New-Kent, last Year is arriv’d in her. They inform us, that Capt. Raph Barres, dy’d in London, a few Days after his Arrival. We must defer the Publick News they bring ‘till our next.

1737 - Events from Around the World


The Smoker's Case, by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, c. 1737. Louvre, Paris, France.

In 1737, Harvard-educated Massachusetts pastor John Barnard delivered "A Call to Parents." The sermon stressed parental accountability in the religious upbringing of their children. He believed that reason, wisdom, and good sense were the basis for leading children to God. While not explicitly critical of revivalists, his ideology took a stand in opposition to trends that would culminate in the Great Awakening.

January 29 - Thomas Paine is born in Thetford, Norfolk, England. Paine is best known for his 1776 pamphlet, Common Sense, which established his reputation as a revolutionary propagandist.

March 23 - Il Triompho del Tempo e della Verita is performed at London's Covent Garden, with Anna Maria Strata del Po, by George Frideric Handel.

July 9 - Following the death of Gian Gastone, the last of the Medici family are driven out of Tuscany.

Jul 18 - The Turkish army beats the Austrians at the Battle at Banja Luka.

October 7 - 40 foot waves sink 20,000 small watercraft and kill 300,000 in Bengal, India.

October 11 - An earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys Calcutta, India.

December 23, 1737 - Malbon, Mallory, Kipps, Berrinchief

Enter’d in York River.
Decem. 10. Ship Carter, of London, Samuel Malbon, Master, from London and Madeira, with sundry European Goods, and 50 Pipes 1 Hogshead of Madeira Wine.
Decem. 10. Sloop Frances, of Bermuda, William Mallory, Master, from Anguila, with 3 Hogsheads of Molasses, 1 Hogshead of Rum, 1000 Bushels of Salt, 1 Barrel of Lime Juice, Straw Ware, and 20 Pistoles.
Decem. 12. Sloop Benedict, of Maryland, Francis Kipps, Master, from Barbadoes, with 40 Hogsheads of Rum.
Decem. 14. Sloop Sarah, of Bermuda, John Berrinchief, Master, from Bermuda, with 1000 Bushels of Salt, 2 Hogsheads of Molasses, and 1 Barrel of Rum, bought at Hampton, and some Straw Ware.

Clear’d out, None.

December 9, 1737 - Lewis, Charnock, Booth, Atwood, Thompson, Tillidge, Littlepage, Perrin

Enter’d in York River.
December 2. Ship Virginia, of Bristol, Richard Lewis, Master, from Bristol, with European Goods.
---- 5. Ship Staunton, of London, Samuel Charnock, Master, from London, with European Goods.
---- 5. Ship Haswell, of London, John Booth, Master, from London, with European Goods.
---- 6. Schooner Swallow, of New-England, John Atwood, Master, from Boston, with Cheese, Dishes, Chairs, Iron Potts, Tables, Cyder, Wooden Ware, Axes, Cranberries, Salt, Cod-Fish, Rum and Molasses.

Clear’d Out.
December 2. Sloop Molly of Virginia, John Thompson, Master, for Jamaica, with 50 Barrels of Pork, 50 Barrels of Beef, 50 Barrels of Flour, 30 Barrels of Bread, 1000 Bushels of Pease, 10 Boxes of Candles, 500 lb. of Butter, and 10,000 Shingles.

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The Brigantine John and Mary, Richard Tillidge, Master, now lies at Mr. Richard Littlepage’s Wharf, on Pamunkey River, ready to take in Tobacco on Freight, at the usual Rate, for Bristol. It is intended she shall sail in March. Any Persons inclinable to freight their Tobacco are desired to give or send their Orders to Capt. John Perrin, of Gloucester, or to Capt. Tillidge, aforesaid, who will give constant Attendance at the adjacent Courts, for that Purpose.

November 25, 1737 - Thompson, Halden, Briggs, Rumney, Tillidge, Saunders, Langland, Dansie, Reynolds, Bartlet , Trott, Brown, Moses, Halden

Enter’d in York River.
October 12, Sloop Molley, of Virginia, John Thompson, Master, from Jamaica, with 1000 Gallons of Rum and 114 l. Cash.
October 24. Ship Grehound, of Bristol, Edward Halden, Master, from Rappahannock, with 3000 Staves, and 60 Tons of Iron.
October 28. Sloop John and Mary, of Virginia, J. Briggs, Master, from St. Christopher’s and Anguila, with 5 Tierces, 1 Hogshead of Molasses, 600 Bushels of Salt, and 102 l. Cash.
November 12. Ship Hanover, of Bristol, Roger Rumney, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods, and 2 Passengers.
November 15. Brigantine John and Mary, of Virginia, Richard Tillidge, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods, and 1 Cask of Spirits.

Clear’d out.
Sept. 16. Brice Galley, of Bristol, Abraham Saunders, Master, for Bristol, with 44 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 30 Tons of Iron, and 9200 Staves.
Sept. 17. Brig. Priscilla, of Virginia, James Langland, Master, for Bristol, with 126 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 7 Barrels of Turpentine, 18 Tons of Iron, 47 Walnut Plank, 49 Gum Ditto, 7350 Staves, and 1 Bag of Wool.
Sept. 29. Ship Braxton, of London, Th. Dansie, Master, for London, with 270 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 6000 Staves, 35 Tons of Iron, Oak Plank, old Copper, Brass, and Beaver Skins.
Sept. 29. Ship Braxton, of London, Thomas Reynolds, Master, for London, with 256 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 32 Tons of Iron, 10,000 Staves, some Plank, old Iron, Snake-root, and Skins.
Sept. 30. Ship Hobhouse, of Bristol, J. Bartlet, Master, for Bristol, with 14,500 Staves, 25 Tons of Iron, Plank, and sundry returned Goods.
October 5. Sloop Susannah, of Bermuda, Samuel Trott, Master, for Bermuda, with Plank, Staves, Oak Timbers, Hoop-Poles, and 2 Masts.
October 5. Schooner Lark, of Virginia, Rich. Brown, Master, for Rhode-Island, with 100 Bushels of Salt, new Sails, and Cordage.
October 26. Ship John and Sarah, of London, J. Moses, Master, for London, with 334 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 4400 Staves and Plank.
November 24. Ship Greyhound, of Bristol, Edw. Halden, Master, for Bristol, with 60 Tons of Iron, 8400 Staves, and 3 Tons of Elephant’s Teeth.

November 11, 1737 - Rumney, Ludlow, Hoggatt, Johnson, Wilson, Perrin

This Day arriv’d in York River, the Ship Hanover, Capt. Roger Rumney, from Bristol, in about 7 Weeks. Capt. Ludlow is come a Passenger in her; and his Ship is to follow him shortly.

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Stray’d away from Mr. Anthony Hoggatt’s Plantation, in Goochland County, a small well-shap’d black Horse, with a thick Main, Switch Tail; mark’d on the Buttock with Three Dotts, is supposed to have come down upon Pamunkey, or towards York Town. Whoever brings him to Mr. William Johnson’s, in Hanover County, or to Mr. John Wilson’s, in Henrico, or to Capt. Perrin, in Gloucester, shall receive Ten Shillings Reward, from John Perrin.

October 21, 1737 - Upcott, Perrin

Last Sunday was Sen’night the Body of Capt. Upcott, who had been Master of a Vessel some Time, in the Service of Capt. Perrin, of Gloucester, was taken up, floating on the River, near Gloucester Town. It seems he was drowned a few Days before, by falling out of a Canoe.

September 30, 1737 - Saunders, Langdand, Reynolds, Dansie, Bartlet

Clear’d out of York River.
Sept. 16. Brice Galley, of Bristol, Abraham Saunders, for Bristol, with 44 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 30 Tons of Iron, and 92 Staves.
Sept. 17. Brigantine Priscilla, of Virginia, John Langdand, Master, for Bristol, with 126 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 7 Barrels of Turpentine, 18 Tons of Iron, 47 Walnut Planks, 49 Gum Planks, 7350 Staves, and 1 Bag of Wooll.
Sept. 30. The Ship Braxton, Capt. Reynolds, the Ship Braxton, Capt. Dansie, for London, and the Ship Hobhouse, Capt. Bartlet, for Bristol, were this Morning at York, and expected to sail To-Day.

September 23, 1737 - Robertson

ALL Persons that are indebted to William Robertson, Esq; Naval-Officer of York River, for the Duties of Negros, sold in that District, are desired to pay the same to him before the last Day of this present Month, or they will be prosecuted according to Law.

September 9, 1737 - Saunders

Clear’d out of York River.
August 20. Ship Somerset, of Bristol, John Saunders, Master, for Bristol, with 242 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 5400 Staves, 1 Cask of Deer Skins, 1 Ditto of Bever Skins, and 25 Tons of Iron.

August 19, 1737 - Lund, Barren, Swaddle, Collis, Hume, Beale, Upcott, Waff, Lambert, Taylor

Enter’d in York River.
August 8. Brig. John and William, of Whitehaven, Robert Lund, Master, from Whitehaven, with European Goods. per Cockets.

Clear’d out.
July 21. Ship Hatley, of London, Ralph Barren, Master, for London, with 366 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 4720 Staves, 1 Cask and a Bundle of Deer Skins, and 9 Beaver Skins.
July 29. Brig. Mary, of Virginia, Stephen Swaddle, Master, for London, with 105 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 1000 Staves, a Parcel of Sassafrass, 13 Pipes of Madeira Wine, 16 Pounds of Beaver, and 6 Doe Skins.
August 1. Ship Juliana, of Bristol, Thomas Collis, Master, with 307 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 1 Cask of Snake-Root, 16 Tons of Iron, and 4300 Staves.
August 8. Ship Buchanan, of London, James Hume, Master, for London, with 518 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 7800 Staves, and 1 Cask of Skins.
August 8. Ship Martin-Galley, of Bristol, William Beale, Master, for Bristol, with 401 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 26 Tons of Iron, 5500 Staves, and 8 Beaver Skins.
August 8. Brig. Abingdon, of Virginia, John Upcott, Master, for Barbadoes, with 2000 Bushels of Corn, 1500 Feet of Pine Plank, and 700 Staves.
August 11. Brig. John and William, of Whitehaven, Robert Lund, Master, for Potomack, with sundry European Goods.
August 12. Ship Burwell, of London, Elias Waff, Master, for London, with 629 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 43 Barrels of Turpentine, and 9000 Staves.
August 12. Snow Williamsburg, of Bristol, Jonathan Lambert, Master, for Bristol, with 248 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 3800 Staves, and 18 Tons of Iron.
August 13. Ship Katherine, of London, William Taylor, Master, for London, with 278 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 5800 Staves, a Box of Deer Skins, and a Cask of Sperma Ceti.

August 5, 1737 - Moses, White, Trott, Upcott, Lewis, White, Collis

Last Saturday Enter’d in York River, the Ship Sarah of Ramsgate, John Moses, Master, from London, and Cadiz, having on board Ballast; who met on her Voyage, betwixt Cadiz and Virginia, a Dutch Ship that Founder’d, and had in her Hold Seven Foot Water, when Capt. Moses came to her; he took on board his Ship the Master and all the Crew, and took out what Goods he could, and best Part of the Rigging, which is landed in York Town.

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Enter’d in York River.
July 18. Sloop Industry, of Virginia, John White, Master, from Maryland, with Ballast.
---- 24. Sloop Susannah, of Bermuda, Samuel Trott, Master, from St. Christophers, having on board 1200 Bushels of Salt, and 2 Barrels of Train Oil.
----. Brig. Abingdon, of Virginia, John Upcott, Master, from Madeira and Barbadoes, having on board 22 Pipes, 10 Hogsheads and 7 small Firkins of Rum, One Hogshead and One Tierse of Molasses, and 14 Barrels of Sugar.

Clear’d out of York River.
July 18. Ship Virginia, of Bristol, Richard Lewis, Master, bound for Bristol, having on board 382 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 35 Tons of Iron, 4550 Staves, and a Cask of Skins.
----. Sloop Industry of Virginia, John White, Master, for Maryland, having on board 400 Bushels of Salr, and 7 Dozen Bottles of Madeira Wine.
August 1. Ship Juliana, of Bristol, Thomas Collis, Master, for Bristol, with 307 Hogsheads of Tobacco, One Cask of Rattle-snake Root, 16 Tons of Iron, and 4300 Staves.

July 15, 1737 - Williams, Saunders, Whiting, Whitesides, Ludlow, Briggs, Eccles, Trotter, Gaines

Enter’d in York District.
July 1. Brig. Priscilla, of Virginia Richard Williams, Master, from London, and Madeira, having on board sundry European Goods, and 23 Pipes and 1 Hogshead of Madeira Wine.
---- 4. Ship Brice, of Bristol, Abraham Saunders, Master, from Africa, with 409 Slaves, 214 Scrivilloes, 44 Teeth, and 7 Weight of Mallageta Peper.
Clear’d out.
June 25. Ship Whitaker, of London, Robert Whiting, Master, for London, with 635 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 8000 Staves, and 53 Tons of Iron.
June 27. Ship Gooch, of London, William Whitesides, Master, for London, with 553 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 7000 Staves.
June 29. Ship York of Bristol. Joseph Ludlow, Master, for Bristol, with 412 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 6000 Staves and 30 Tons of Iron.
June 30. Sloop John and Mary of Virginia, John Briggs, Master, for Barbadoes, with 1400 Bushels of Corn, 11000 Shingles, and 100 Bushels of Pease.
July 8. There is a Ship belonging to Dublin, arriv’d with Wine from Madeira, which is bound for Philadelphia; the Master’s Name is ----- Eccles.

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STOLE or gone adrift from York River in Virginia, a Pilot-Boat, with Two Masts, Twenty Four Foot Keel, Nine Foot Beam, and painted Red: Her Gripe on the Stem secur’d with Two Iron Stirups; Sails, and all other Materials. Whosoever will give any Intelligence of the same, to Mr. Trotter, at Edenton, or to the Subscriber in York River, so that he may have the same, shall have a Pistole Reward, or if they contrive the same to the said Subscriber, shall have Five Pistoles Reward, paid by Francis Gaines.

July 1, 1737 - Giles, Lewis, Whiting, Whiteside, Saunders, Braxton

By the Ship ------, Capt. Andrew Giles, from Glascow, which arriv’d in James River this Week; and by the Brigantine, belonging to Col. John Lewis, which arriv’d in York River, last Night, from London, we have the following Advices:

We hear that M. Chauvelin will be banish’d to Nevers; a Footman of his, who went about in Disguise, upon some mischievous Errand, was taken up.

The last Accounts from Amsterdam intimate, That the Lord Theodore, of Corsica, (who was there, purchasing Warlike Stores) was arrested for 1500 l. Sterling; but being claim’d by the Spanish Ambassador, and bail’d by a rich Jew, was set at Liberty; the Genoese Minister wou’d fain have him taken up again, being at the Head of a Rebellion against his Countrymen; but the States-General would not suffer it.

The Corsican Rebels increase every Day, in Power and Number; being Masters of the Country, they straighten vastly the Genoese Garrisons, and gain frequent Advantages over them.

The Grand Seignior now consents to give up Asoph; but the Christian Powers, regardless of his Condescension, do not in the least slacken their Preparations. The Venetians propose to attack Albania and Morea; and to send a Fleet with some Troops, to seize upon Candia, which they may easily do, because it is quite defenceless.

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Capt. Whiting and Capt. Whiteside, are sail’d from York River, for London, since our last; as is also Capt. Ludlow, for Bristol.

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Last Night arriv’d in York River, from Guinea, the Brice Galley, Capt. Saunders, with Negroes, consign’d to Col. Braxton.

June 24, 1737 - Lane, Arriel

Clear’d out of York District.
June 20. Ship Humphry, Capt. Lane, for London, with 798 Hogsheads of Tobacco.
------ 24. Ship New-Kent, Capt. Arriel, for Bristol, with 372 Hogsheads of Tobacco.

June 17, 1737 - Cooke, Reynolds, Bartlet, Booth

Enter’d in York District.
June 3. Sloop Robert, of Virginia, John Cooke, Master, from Barbadoes, with 35 Hogsheads, 29 Tierces, and 16 Barrels of Rum, 24 Barrels of Sugar, and 1 Bag of Ginger.
---- 6. Ship Braxton, of London, Thomas Reynolds, Master, from New-England, with 80,000 Bricks, 10 Barrels of Train Oyl, some Wooden Ware, and 400 Weight of Hops.
---- 9. Ship Hobhouse, of Bristol, John Bartlet, Master, from Guinea, with 310 Negros.

Clear’d.
June 6. Ship Haswell, of London, John Booth, Master, for London, with 391 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 3360 Pipe, Hogshead, and Barrel Staves.

June 10, 1737 - Moore, Reynolds, Compton

On Monday last, arriv’d in York River, the Ship ------- from Guinea, with 330 Negros, which are consign’d to Col. Moore.

The same Day arriv’d in York River, the Ship Braxton, Capt. Reynolds, from Boston, where she was lately built.

His Majesty’s Ship the Sea-horse, Capt. Compton, arriv’d in York River on Wednesday last, from South-Carolina, where she left all Things peaceable.

May 27, 1737 - Hume, Friend, Belcher, Whiting

Enter’d in York River,
May 24. Ship Buchanan, of London, James Hume, Master, from London, having sundry European Goods.
Ship Loyal Friend, of London, Charles Friend, Master, from London, having sundry European Goods.

Clear’d.
May 21. Ship Timothy and Jacob of London, James Belcher, Master, for London, having on Board 397 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 5500 Pipe Staves, &c.
------ Ship Pretty Patsey, of London, John Whiting, Master, for London, having on Board 373 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 4700 Staves, and 9 Pounds of Beaver.

May 20, 1737 - Tomkies, English, Thompson, Handcock, Lambert, Tillidge, Prothers, Seabrook

We hear from Gloucester, That Mr. Charles Tomkies, Practitioner of Physick and Surgery, died on Sunday was Se’nnight, at his House in that County. He had been many Years a Justice of the Peace, was a skillful Man in his Profession, just and honest in his Principles, and was very well belov’d by his Neighbours, and Acquaintance, by whom his Death is much lamented.

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A List of Ships and Vessels enter’d and clear’d in York River, between the 29th of April, and 17th of May.

Enter’d.
April 30. Sloop Swansey, John English, Master, from New-England, with 70 Barrels of Flower, 6 Tierces and 75 Barrels of Bread, and 8 Pipes of Madeira Wine.
May 2. Schooner Lark, of Virginia, John Thompson, Master, from Jamaica, with 31 Casks of Molasses, 6 Puncheons of Rum, 3 Baggs of Cocoa, and 200 l. in Cash.
May 12. Sloop Molly, of Virginia, Simon Handcock, Master, from Barbadoes, with 32 Hogsheads, 64 Tierces, and 70 Barrels of Rum, 61 Barrels of Sugar, and 1 Bag of Ginger.
May 16. Snow Williamsburg, Jonathan Lambert, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.

Clear’d.
May 3. Snow John and Mary, of Virginia, Richard Tillidge, Master, for Bristol, with 222 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 2000 Pipe, Hogshead, and Barrel Staves, and 11 Deer Skins.
May 4. Snow Anne, of Bristol, Philip Prothers, Master, for Bristol, with 213 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 31 Tons of Iron, 875 Pipe and 2990 Hogshead Staves, a Cask of Munilloes, 1 Cask of Snake Root, 15 Beaver Skins, 4 Otter Skins, and 3 Muskrat Skins.
May 5. Sloop Swansey, John English, Master, for Philadelphia, with only Ballast.
May 17. Ship John, Charles Seabrook, for London, with 561 Hogshead of Tobacco, 5120 Staves, and 150 Skins.

May 13, 1737 - Dansey, Sanders

Enter’d in York-River, since our last.

The Ship Braxton, Thomas Dansey, from London, with sundry European Goods.
The Ship Somerset, ------- Sanders, from Bristol, but last from Barbadoes, with Rum, Sugar, and Molasses.

April 29, 1737 - Lewis, Collis, Beale, Charnock, Harding, Gildart, Smith

A List of Vessels which have Enter’d and Clear’d in York District, between the 9th and 29th of April, 1737.

Enter’d.
April 9. Ship Virginia, of Bristol, Richard Lewis, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods, and 5 Passengers.
April 25. Ship Juliana, of Bristol, Thomas Collis, Master from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
April 25. Ship Martin-Gally, of Bristol, W. Beale, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.

Clear’d.
April 16. Ship Stanton, of London, Samuel Charnock, Master, for London, with 343 Hogsheads of Tobacco 3435 Pipe Hogsheads, and Barrel Staves.
April 21. Ship Cato, of London, W. Harding. master, for London, with 302 Hogsheads of Tobacco, and 5000 Hogshead Staves.
April 23. Ship Johnson, of Leverpoole, James Gildart, Master, for Maryland, with 260 Slaves, and some returned Goods.
April 26. Ship Dolphin, of London, John Smith, Master, for London, with 404 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 4600 Pipe Hogsheads, Barrel Staves, and Heading.

April 22, 1737 - Heylin, Lewis, Dove

On Monday last about Two o’Clock in the Morning, Mr. Heylin’s House in Gloucester Town, was robb’d by an Indian Servant of his, and a Mulatto Fellow belonging to Col. Lewis. They took away a Pair of Pistols, a Horse-Whip, and broke open a Trunk, out of which they stole some Clothes. They were seen the same Day about Eleven o’Clock, going up King and Queen. The Indian rode a Grey Stallion which he took belonging to his Master, and the Mulatto a Bay Horse, which belongs to Col. Lewis. They are supposed to be gone towards the Mountains, and from thence either to New-York, or North-Carolina. It is to be hoped that any Gentleman who meets with them will have them secured in order to their being brought to Justice, that Others, by their Punishment, may be deterr’d from the like daring Insolence.

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We hear from Rappahanock, That Capt. Dove, in the Ship Charles, is arrived there from London.

April 8, 1737 - Lansdon, Ludlow, Arriel, Upcott, Gildart, Nelson

Enter’d in York District.
April 2. Ship Mortimer, of Bristol, Robert Lansdon, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
April 4. Ship York, of Bristol, Joseph Ludlow, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
April 4. Ship New Kent, of Bristol, John Arriel, Master, from Bristol, with sundry European Goods.
Clear’d.
March 31. Brig. Abingdon, of Virginia, John Upcott, Master, for Madeira, with 1170 Bushels of Pease, 1617 Bushels of Corn, 162 of Wheat, Beeswax, and Hops.

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The Ship Johnston, of Liverpool, Capt. James Gildart, is arriv’d at York, from Angola, with 490 choice young Slaves: The Sale of them is to begin on Tuesday the 12th Instant, at York Town, by Thomas Nelson.

March 25, 1737 - Taylor, Booth, Angus, Hamlin, Hathaway, Rumney, Atwood, Mallory, Nelms, Bradby

A List of Ships and other Vessels, Enter’d and Clear’d in York District, from March 4, to March 22; with an Account of their Lading.

Enter’d,
March 4. Ship Catherine, of London, William Taylor, Master, from London, with only Ballast.
March 9. Ship Hafwell, of London, John Booth, Master, from London, with sundry European Goods.
March 18. Sloop Southampton, of London, Rob. Angus, Master, from London, and Antigua, with sundry European Goods.
March 23. Sloop Betty, of Virginia, Thomas Hamlin, Master, from Jamaica.

Clear’d,
March 2. Sloop Medford, of New-England, James Hathaway, Master, for New-England, with 1000 Bushels of Corn, 100 Bushels of Pease, and 600 Foot of Walnut Plank.
March 3. Ship Hanover, of Bristol, Roger Rumney, Master, for Bristol, with 294 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 30 Tons of Iron, and 5280 Staves.
March 3. Schooner Swallow, of New-England, John Atwood, Master, for Boston, with 1500 Bushels of Corn, 100 Bushels of Pease, 20 Bushels of Wheat, and 60 Foot of Plank.
March 14. Sloop Francis, of Bermuda, William Mallory, Master, for Bermuda, with 2000 Bushels of Corn, and 30 Bushels of Pease.
March 18. Sloop Mary, of Bermuda, Samuel Nelms, Master, for Bermuda, with 3000 Bushels of Corn, 56 Bushels of Pease,
March 19. Ship Micajah and Philip, of London, James Bradby, Master, for London, with 734 Hogsheads of Tobacco, 7500 Staves, and a Parcel of Plank.

March 18, 1737 - Compton, Norris

The Seahorse Man of War, our Station Ship, now in York River, under the Command of Capt. Compton, is getting ready with all Expedition, to sail to Georgia; and it’s expected she will be join’d, off the Capes, by Capt. Norris, in the New-York Station Ship.

March 11, 1737 - Taylor, Booth

The Ship -------- Capt. Taylor, from London, is arriv’d in York River. The Ship Sarah and Mary, Capt. John Booth, from London, is arriv’d in Ware River.

February 25, 1737 - Washington, Lane, Barres, Harding, Whiting, Smith, Robinson, Lony, Field, Rand, Langham, Dupree

Williamsburg, Feb. 25. The Ships arriv’d since our last, bring us a Confirmation of His Majesty’s safe Arrival in England, to the great Joy of his Subjects; after a very bad Passage, in which his Majesty was in great Danger; the Princess Louisa Man of War lost, and some others much damag’d.
We hear from Gloucester County, That Miss Betty Washington, Daughter of Major John Washington, of that County, a young Gentlewoman of great Merit and Beauty, died there lately, very much lamented.

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Enter’d in York River, since our last,
Ship Humphry, James Lane, from London.
Ship Hatley, Ralph Barres, from London.
Ship Gooch, William Harding, from London.
Ship Whitaker, Robert Whiting, from London.
The Ship Dolphin, John Smith, from London, enter’d here the 3d. Instant: but went to Pianketank.
The Ship Lightfoot, Capt. Robinson, and
The Ship Cesar, Capt. Lony, both from London, are arrive’d in Rappahanock.

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Thomas Field, an Irishman, by Trade a Joyner, who ran away from his Master William Rand, of Gloucester County, as advertis'd in the Gazette, December the 14th and 17th, and took with him a Bay Horse, with a Star in his Forehead, some Saddle Spots, one of his hind Feet White, from below the Footlock into the Hoof, has been lately seen in Nansemond, and the Borders of Carolina, where he had chang'd his Name to James Langham, and had cut the Horse's Mane and Tail shorter; 'tis believ'd he is gone further to the Southward. The said Horse belongs to the Subscriber in Williamsburg; and if any Person will bring him to me, he shall have Two Pistoles Reward.

John Dupree.

February 11, 1737 - Woff, Seabrooke, Belcher

Since our last, Arriv’d in York River, the Ship Burwell, Capt. Woff; the Ship John, Capt. Seabrooke, and the Ship Timothy and Jacob, Capt. Belcher

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Capt. Seabrooke, relates, That he spoke with a Man of War, in Margate Road, that just put in there, having lost her Masts; she belong’d to the Squadron that was sent to convoy his Majesty over to England; they inform’d him, that his Majesty was embark’d on board one of his Yatchts, at Helvoetsluys, and proceeding with his Convoy; but that soon after they were sail’d out of the Maese, a violent Storm arose, and dispers’d the Yatchts and Men of War; that they saw one of the Yatchts founder, in which they said Mr. Walpole’s Servants and Baggage were; and that they did not know what was become of the Yatcht his Majesty was in; that they had enquir’d at Harwich, and found that His Majesty was not arriv’d there; nor had they any Account of His Arrival any where: Which occasions a great Consternation: But it’s hop’d He is put back to Holland, or sail’d to the Norward.

February 4, 1737 - Compton, Charnock, Head

Williamsburg, February 4. Mrs. Compton, Wife of Capt. Compton, Commander of His Majesty’s Ship the Sea-horse, was lately deliver’d of a Daughter, as his House, in Gloucester.

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Arriv’d, in York River, since our last, the Ship Staunton, Capt. -------- Charnock, from London, belonging to Messieurs Cary and Company, full of Goods.

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Williamsburg, January 21, 1736. To all Gentlemen and others, who are desirous to ship their Tobacco to London, for an early Market, That the Ship Moseley, John Head, Master, is now come round from Elizabeth River, into York River, to take in Tobacco on Freight, at the usual Rate. She is a new Ship, with new-Rigging, Sails, Anchors, and Cables, and will carry about 400 Hogsheads: And for encouraging a quick Dispatch, Liberty of Consignment will be given to all Persons, to ship their Tobacco to whom they please, in London.

The Master above-mentioned, will give his Attendance at the County Courts, to receive Orders for Tobacco.

January 28, 1737 - Clark, Whitesides, Whiting

On Wednesday came into York River, the Ship Bridget, Capt. ----- Clark, from Potomack, loaded with Tobacco, bound for Bristol: But they met with such violent Weather in the Bay, that damag’d her Rigging and Sails very much, and obliged them to cut away the Mainmast, for fear of driving on the Eastern Shore. The Captain, and several of his Men, are much Frost-bitten; and it was with great Difficulty they got into York River, to refit, being render’d unable to proceed on her Voiage.

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Yesterday arrived in York River, the Ship Cato, Capt. Whitesides, and the Ship Pretty Patsey, Capt. John Whiting, from London, in about 7 Weeks: By whom we have the following Advices.

London, Oct. 28. On Monday Night between 7 and 8 Mr. George Kelly made his Escape from the Tower, where he has been imprison’d ever since the Bishop of Rochester’s Affair in 1723. A Reward of 200 l. is offer’d for apprehending him. ‘Tis thought he is gone to France.

London, November 6. The Motions of France plainly demonstrate the great Interest she has in the Preservation of the Turkish Power in Europe; for they write from Petersbourg of the 16th of October, that they are in daily Expectation there of the Arrival of a Minister from the French Court, with Proposals relating to a Peace between the Russian and Ottoman Empires.

The Turks and Russians, are gone into Winter Quarters, and the Grand Vizir return’d to Constantinople, having left his Army miserably weaken’d by Sickness and Desertion. ‘Tis not doubted but the Czarina will be able to make a Peace upon her own Terms before Spring, the Sophi of Persia enlarging his Demands every Day, the Emperor just ready to make an Invasion, the Country drain’d of Men, the Seraglio exhausted of Money, the whole Empire groaning under miserable Oppressions, and the Metropolis, which receiv’d its Provisions principally from Crim Tartary, already pinch’d with Scarcity, and dreading a Famine.

January 21, 1737 - Fox, Head

On Monday last, the Reverend Mr. John Fox, was unanimously elected Minister of Ware Parish, in Gloucester County, in the room of the Reverend Mr. Richards, sometime since deceas’d.

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Williamsburg, December 10, 1736. TO all Gentlemen and others, who are desirous to ship their Tobacco to London, for an early Market, That the Ship Moseley, John Head, Master, is now come round from Elizabeth River, into York River, to take in Tobacco on Freight, at the usual Rate. She is a new Ship, with new Rigging, Sails, Anchors, and Cables, and will carry about 400 Hogsheads: And for encouraging a quick Dispatch, Liberty of Consignment will be given to all Persons, to ship their Tobacco to whom they please, in London.

The Master above mentioned, will give his Attendance at the County Courts, to receive Orders for Tobacco.

January 14, 1737 - Tillidge, Perrin

January 10, 1737. THE Snow John and Mary, Richard Tillidge, Master, that will carry about 240 Hogsheads, being a new Vessel, well rigg’d and fitted, lies now at Gloucester, in York River, ready to take in Tobacco for Bristol, on Freight, at the usual Rate, consigned to any Person there.

She will be a forward Vessel, great Part of her Loading being already engag’d; therefore those Gentlemen who are willing to ship their Tobacco to an early Market, are desired to be expeditious in giving their Orders.

It’s propose’d, that the said Snow is to call at Madeira, on her Return hither: Any Gentleman that have Occasion of Freight from thence, may agree for the same, by applying to Capt. John Perrin, at Gloucester, or the Master aforesaid; who will give their Attendance at the neighbouring Courts.

January 7, 1737 - Malbon, Cant

York-Town, Jan. 5. This Day arrived the Ship Carter, Capt. Samuel Malbon, from London and Madeira, having on board 44 Pipes of Wine for Gentlemen in this Country.

He left London the 18th of October, and informs us, That Tobacco was then sold at a good Price: That few of the Ships were arrived, which sailed hence with the last Crop: And that Capt. Constantine Cant, died on his Passage home. He saw another Ship on this Coast, but does not know whence she came, or where bound.

1736 - Events from Around the World


Alexander Pope (1688-1744), c. 1736, attributed to Jonathan Richardson (1665–1745). Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. English poet, born in London, lived in Berkshire. Works include The Rape of the Lock, An Essay on Criticism, An Essay on Man, and translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer.


"In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, by example showing that the regret may be the same either way and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen." Benjamin Franklin

January 19 - Inventor James Watt was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His improvements to the steam engine brought about fundamental changes in production kick-started the Industrial Revolution.

January 26-27 - The last king of Poland, Stanislaw Lesczynski, flees and abdicates the Polish throne.

February 5 - Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia.

February 19 - Georg F Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres

May 26 - British troops and Chickasaw Indians defeat the French in Louisiana at the Battle of Ackia.

May 29 - Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Virginia.

September 16 - German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit dies. His scientific achievements include inventing the alcohol thermometer (1709) and mercury thermometer (1714) and developing the Fahrenheit temperature scale.

December 7 – Benjamin Franklin builds the first volunteer fire company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.