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VALENTINE, JACOB
VA

First Lieutenant, Virginia Marines

Jacob Valentine was a resident of Princess Anne County, Virginia. [Stewart, Virginia’s Navy, 261] As a First Lieutenant of Virginia Marines, Valentine drew pay for his company on 10 October 1776, in the sum of £91.8, for the period from 8 July 1776 to 9 October. At that time he was stationed on the Virginia Navy Brig Musquetto (Captain ISAAC YOUNGHUSBAND). [NDAR, VI, 1206-1207] On 24 October the Virginia Navy Board ordered First Lieutenant JOHN HARRIS to go to Warwick, where the Musquetto was fitting out, supercede Younghusband, and proceed with the brig to Jamestown. [NDAR, VI, 1409 and note] Valentine was ordered to place himself under Harris’s orders, and put his company aboard the Musquetto. [NDAR, VI, 1410] Valentine apparently traveled with the Musquitto to Jamestown and then to Portsmouth, where she began fitting for sea. The Marine company apparently was furloughed, for on 8 November 1776 he placed an advertisement for them to report aboard the brig. He also advertised for three deserters, promising a £3 reward for each one taken up and held. [NDAR, VII, 92 and note] On 4 December 1776 the Navy Board ordered Captain of Marines ALEXANDER DICK, then stationed at Port Royal with a company of twenty-five men, to board the Virginia Navy Galley Manley. The galley would deliver him to the Musquetto, and take off Valentine’s company, which was being relieved. [NDAR, VII, 371-372, 372] Valentine served at Valley Forge, where he lost an eye from catching a violent cold. Valentine had two sons and survived the war, dying in 1811. [Stewart, Virginia’s Navy, 261. He is listed as a Captain here.]


VANDYKE, ABRAHAM
(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines

Abraham Vandyke was a Lieutenant in the Continental Marines


VAIL, PETER
CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers

Peter Vail was said to be from New Haven, Connecticut. [Middlebrook, MCR, 251] He was appointed as First Lieutenant on the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Polly (Commander Elias Parshall) in 1781. [NOAR, 320] He was apparently a resident of New London, Connecticut when he was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Galley Young Lion on 31 July 1782. [NRAR, 495]


VAN BIBBER, ABRAHAM
MA

Agent for Maryland and Virginia at St. Eustatius, Dutch West Indies.


Owner, Maryland Privateers



Abraham Van Bibber was among the owners of the privateer Baltimore Hero. Although listed as a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Van Bibber was then resident at St. Eustatius, Netherlands West Indies. Associated with Van Bibber in privateering were BENJAMIN and JOHN CROCKETT, THOMAS RINGGOLD, JOHN STERETT, and ROBERT T. HOOE. Vessels associated with Van Bibber were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/16/76

MD

Sloop Baltimore Hero (6/24)

Thomas Waters

Abraham Van Bibber, John Crockett, Thomas Ringgold, Robert T. Hooe

Thomas Waters, John Crockett, Thomas Ringgold, Robert T. Hooe

[NRAR, 391]


VANROUY, FLETCHER DE BERRUYER DU


[see DU VANROUY, FLETCHER DE BERRUYER]


VARNUM, ZEBULON
(P/A)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines
[See FARNHAM, ZEBEDIAH]


VERNON, FORTESQUE
MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Fortesque Vernon was listed as the owner of one privateer:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/29/82

MA

Schooner Adventurous Fisherman (0/10)

Nicholas Bartlett

Fortesque Vernon et al

Nicholas Bartlett, Fortesque Vernon, Joseph Prince

[NRAR, 222]









VERREE

SC

Commissioner, South Carolina Commission to Fit Out the Ship Prosper


Appointed to a committee to consider the fitting out of the ship Prosper on 12 November 1775, which became a Commission to oversee the outfit when the idea was approved. The commission came gradually to transact other naval business as well.


VESEY, JOSEPH

SC

Captain, South Carolina Navy
Commander, Maryland Privateers
Owner, Maryland Privateers


Joseph Vesey was born in Bermuda but migrated to Charlestown, South Carolina, before the war. He was in the merchant service and in the slave trade in the West Indies. [Egerton, Douglas R., He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004, 14-15] Vesey became a Captain in the South Carolina Navy, in the schooner pilot boat Hawke by 4 November 1775, when he was ordered to cruise off the coast. Engaged British tender Shark on 9 November with consort Hibernia. Paid *50 per month. Warned British tenders were looking for him on 2 December and 5 December 1775. Ordered to capture packet 22 December. Ordered to take Cochran north for recruiting on 31 December. With Hibernia took prize ship from Jamaica on 2 January 1776 and engaged British tender in Action in Stono River on 3 January 1776. Received sailing orders for the Delaware Capes, with Cochran aboard, on 5 January and sailed the same day. At Philadelphia by 16 January, took delegate Christopher Gadsden home. Engaged in Action off Cape Fear River on 5 February 1776, when the vessel was lost. He next turns up as the part owner and commander of the Maryland Privateer Sloop Adriana, commissioned on 8 October 1778, out of Annapolis, Maryland. [NRAR, 220]Her other owners are given as Vesey and North & Trescott of South Carolina. [Archives of Maryland: Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, April 1, 1778 through October 26, 1779, 21:215] Adriana was captured by the British in 1779. She appears in the High Court of Admiralty records as the Ariadne, described as an American merchant vessel deserted by most of her crew. [see Adriana]

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Owners

Security

Witness

10/8/78

MD

Ship Adriana (9/47)

Joseph Vesey

Joseph Vesey, North & Trescott

Joseph Vesey, John Rodgers

[NRAR, 220]

VESSELS, JOHN

MD

First Mate, Maryland Privateers


John Vessels, possibly of Baltimore, Maryland, was aboard the Maryland Privateer Schooner Betsey (Commander JOHN BRICE) on 9 July 1781 as First Mate. [see Betsey]


VOSE, MOSES

MA

Prize Master, Massachusetts Privateers


Moses Vose was listed as a prize master on the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Pilgrim (Commander JOSEPH ROBINSON) on 14 August 1780.[Howe, Beverly Privateers, 414]


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