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Sylvester Prophet Immigration and History

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Sylvester Prophet Immigration and History

Individual Record:

Surname: Prophet
Given Name: Sylvester
Variant Surname Spellings: Proffitt
Soundex Code: P-613

Birth, Christening and Other Information Gender: Male
Orphan: Unknown
Position in Parent's Family: Unknown
Year of Immigration: 1716
Landowner: Unknown
Literate: Unknown
Convict: Unknown

Port of Departure
Town: Liverpool
County: Lancashire
Nation: England

Place of Arrival
Town: Yorktown
Colony: Virginia
Ship: Elizabeth and Anne

Length of Indenture
Year of Indenture: 1716

Place of Indenture
Colony: Virginia

County: Goochland
Colony: Virginia

Research Notes

Post-Servitude Sources:

Sylvester Prophet: Oct 21, 1766. Proven April 21, 1767
(Copy on file)

To wife Alice Prophet, my plantation whereon I now live
during her natural life, 5 pounds cash, my mare, saddle
and bridle, all my stock, bed furniture, my Great Coat,
the stock lent as aforesaid.
. To son James Prophet 5 pounds cash.
. To son David Prophet 5 pounds cash.
. To son John Prophet, my land and stock after his mother's
death, my coat and jacket and a pair of stockings.
. To son Willliam Prophet, 40 shillings.
. To daughters Anne Emmery and Lucy Macomack, five pounds each.
. To granddaughter Susana Hopper, my bed and furniture which
I now lie on.
. To grandson, David Hopper, the remainder of my clothes.(2)

Comments:"Ancestors of Sam Gauny of New Mexico, beginning with
Sylvester Prophet, who came from Liverpool, England, as a
prisoner in 1716 on the ship Elizabeth and Ann. Sylvester
Prophet served an indenture in Virginia, settling later in
Goochland County, Virginia. Other descendants settled in New
Mexico, North Carolina, Jefferson County (Tennessee), and
Texas. The collection includes a typed professional
genealogical research report (1996), census records, pedigree
charts, marriage records, certificates of death and a map guide
to the federal censuses (1790-1920). Other surnames mentioned:
Clauson, Culbertson, Keeler and McMurtry." (1)

Source Citations:

(1) "Proffitt Family Genealogical Notes," Archives/Manuscripts,
35228, The Library of Virginia.

(2) "Descendants of Sylvester (Prophet) Proffitt,", quoting
Margaret V. Henley, Abstracts of Wills from Goochland Co., VA
1727-1777, 54, accessed 2 March 2007.

(3) "Ship Elizabeth and Ann," Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild,
quoting Calendar of Virginia State Papers 1652-1781, Vol. 1,
pp. 185-186, accessed 3 March 2007:

Immigrant Ships
Transcribers Guild
"Ship Elizabeth and Ann,"


The "Elizabeth & Ann," was being used in the slave trade at
the time of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion. It's merchant owners
thought they might be more highly rewarded by handling the
"transport" of prisoners for the King. The arrangement was to
take the prisoners on consignment and receive payment when a
receipt for their delivery was presented to His Majesty's
Court in London.

Liverpool, England to Yorktown, Virginia
14 January 1716


By his Majestys' Lieutenant Governor & Commander in Cheif of
this Dominion-

These are to certify that the above Lift of one hundred &
Twelve Rebel Prisoners, Imported into this Colony in the Ship
Elizabeth & Ann,, of Liverpool, Edward Trafford Master, was
taken (by my order) upon the arrival of the faid Ship in York
River by the officer of the Customs there, and contains the
Names of all the Prifoners Imported in the sd ship & that
besides the said one hundres & twelve persons, the Mafter did
Report that one other Prisoner by name Duncan Mackfale died
at sea, which upon Examination of the other Prisoners apeared
to be true-

Given under my hand at Williamsburgh this 14th day of January

*List of rebel prifoners imported by Capt Edwd Trafford, in
the Elizabeth & Ann from Liverpole:


James Blackwood
Robt Bruce
Christr Carus
Duncan Clark
George Dickenson
John Dunbar
Thos Foster
Fergus Graham
Francis Hume
Jno Kennedy
James Mackintosh
John Macintosh
Jno: Mackintosh
James Macintosh
Owen McPherson
Archd Menzies
James Nisbet
Jno. Robertson
Donald Shaw
Angus Shaw
Rob Smithe
Jno. Stewart
Jno. Stewart
Jno. Stewart
Malcom Stewart
Robt Stewart
Danl. Thompson
Willm Turner


Frederick Abbot
Jno Abercromby
Thos Allen
Robt Anderson
David Arnot
Frances Betty
Jno Brown
Alexr Bruce
Jno Burns
Hugh Cane
Robt Capland
Alexr Carr
Robt Carr__
Adam Chisolm
Willm Cruster
Owen Davidson
Jno Donaldson
Willm Donaldson
Robt Duncan
Willm Dun
Alexr Ferguson
James Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson
Patrick Ferguson
Wm Finlay
Jno Finny
Jno Glendening
Robt Grant
Jno Harris
Charles Henderson
Jno Jhonston
James Johnson
Alexr Kerr *
Alexr Kid
James Lindsey
Geo. Lowder
Wm Lyon
Alex Mackenzie
Donald Mackgilsoray
Willm Mackilway
David Mackintosh
James Mckintosh
Jno Mackintosh
Malcolm Macknaughtan
Danl Macquin
Willm Mackruther
James Malcum
Geo Marjoribanks
Willm Martin
Willm Maxwell
Robt Menzies
Jno Michy
David Mitchel
Jno Mundell
James Murray
Wm Noble
Jno Ogilvy
James Paterson
James Peter
Jno Peter
Jno Pitello
James Ray
James Robertson
Robt Robertson
Jno Rutherford
Jno Shaw
Alexr Stewart
Alexander Stewart
Donald Stewart
James Stewart
Jno Stewart
Robt Stewart
William Stroak
James Urqhuart
James Watson
James Watson
Alexr Watt
Jno Wite
Alexr Wite
James Wood
Willm Wright

*These prisoners were probably some of the followers of the
Pretender captured at Preston, and condemned to be transported
to the Colony in Virginia, after having been carried to London
for trial.

pages 185,186

Formatter's notes:

The Captain's sworn statement originally appeared following the
list of prisoners.

This document is typed as written. Words were spelled as they
appear here. The letter 's' is sometimes written as 'f', as was
common in colonial times. I replaced the 'f', or 'long s' with
the letter 's' in surnames.


Additional information was published about these prisoners in the
"Calendar of Virginia State Papers" and in "Scottish Notes and Queries"

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