- 1 Alden
- 2 Anne
- 3 Mrs. Burnie
- 4 Blossom
- 5 Caleb
- 6 Richard Capps
- 7 Everard Chelton
- 8 Captain Brandon
- 9 Mr. and Mrs. Cole
- 10 Mrs. Deare
- 11 Dawson
- 12 Dinah
- 13 Lady Dunmore
- 14 Lord Dunmore
- 15 Susan Dunmore
- 16 Eli
- 17 Ezra
- 18 Mrs. Fitchett
- 19 Mr. Galt
- 20 Grandmother
- 21 Master Griffith
- 22 Mr. Griggs
- 23 Mr. Halibut
- 24 Mr. Haskall
- 25 Mrs. Hewitt
- 26 Mr. Hunter
- 27 Mrs. Hutchinson
- 28 Jack
- 29 Jessamine
- 30 Judith
- 31 Mrs. Kipling
- 32 Lord Harry Lacey
- 33 Priscilla Lacey
- 34 George Lafong
- 35 Mrs. Ludwell
- 36 Major
- 37 Marcus
- 38 Fergus McLeod
- 39 Fiona McLeod
- 40 Sir Edward Merriman
- 41 Lady Margaret Merriman
- 42 George and Charlotte Merriman
- 43 Joseph Miller
- 44 Mr. Minton
- 45 References
A Pamunkey Native trader Felicity and the protagonist meet in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity. He and Robert are brothers.
A girl who was taken in by William Yancy, in Lady Margaret's Ghost. She is a girl about Felicity's age with freckles and curly red hair, often wearing an oversized mob cap and a worn homespun dress; she also has bruises on her arms. Storms scare her because her father died on a stormy night. She's a skilled seamstress.
William Yancey was a friend of her father's; after her parents' deaths when she was four, she had no other relatives and would have gone to the almshouse if he had not taken her in. She says Yancey only wanted the money in her father's will for taking care of her. Anne is often mistreated by her guardian and his wife, who threaten to leave her in the poorhouse if she disobeys them. They make her steal during public events and bring back whatever she had stolen, and not bringing in enough would result in a beating. The Yanceys also make her do all their cooking and cleaning. Anne is terrified of the Yanceys and of being sent to jail as a thief.
Anne initially meets Felicity and Elizabeth when they are in the crowd at the Publick Times horse races and they talk. Anne steals Felicity's coral necklace during the races, though Felicity doesn't realize it until later. Anne also avoids Felicity later that day in Market Square, which strikes Felicity as odd. They later learn that Mr. Yancey had Anne gather burrs by the horse track so he could use them to sabotage horses including Penny, and Dawson notes that she tried to steal his money purse.
When items go missing in Felicity's house, she believes it is the ghost of Lady Margaret until she discovers Anne in her parlor one night. When Felicity accuses her of stealing, Anne starts to cry. She explains that she didn't sneak in to steal the silver but just to look at it because it's beautiful. Felicity realizes Anne has taken food, extra candles, her mother's keys, and her mother's coverlet.
Anne is surprised to learn that the gum burrs she collected were used to hurt Penny at the race. She had stolen Felicity's coral necklace at the race, but she returned it after Mr. Yancey said it was cheap and Anne didn't bring enough. After she was hit, Anne explains in a panic that she knows all about the Merrimans and their valuable new heirlooms which Felicity discussed at the race. Mr. Yancey instructed Anne to steal the pieces and threatened her if she didn't. Anne hid in the attic; she also considered selling the heirlooms herself so she could run away from the Yanceys. She stole the heirlooms the day before she was caught, but overheard Felicity talking about how much they meant to the Merrimans and so felt bad and returned them. She also returns Felicity's necklace, in part because Felicity was so nice to her.
Anne decides that anything is better than stealing for the Yanceys, so she decides to walk to Yorktown to try to find work. However, thunderstorms came through, and she doesn't leave due to her fear. Felicity assures Anne that they will explain everything to Mr. Merriman and help take care of her, and Felicity invites her to sleep with her in bed. They cook in the kitchen together the next morning.
When Anne and Felicity explain the situation to Mr. Merriman, he offers to talk to a lawyer and friend, Mr. Whythe, and see about pursuing charges against Yancey and finding a legal guardian for Anne. He also offers to help her with a sewing apprenticeship with the dressmaker, Mrs. Whitehurst.
A laundress who's known for being very fussy. People find her peculiar and gossip that she's hard to get along with because she is so opinionated and dead set against change. Has vision issues. She is the main character in Felicity Discovers a Secret.
One of the Merriman's horses, used to pull carts and carriages.
The driver to Mrs. Wentworth. When the carriage crashes into the bank of the gully, Caleb is the one to inform them that the carriage is damaged and the horse is lamed. He helps Mrs. Wentworth and Martha Merriman out of the carriage. He leads them all to the abandoned house for shelter, starts a fire, and then--at Mrs. Wentworth's orders--heads back towards Willamsburg for help.
A business rival of Mr. Merriman and a member of the Committee of Safety. His apprentice is Walter. Mr. Capps is described as a portly gentleman who wears a large wig, and he frequently carries a walking cane with a silver boar's head on top. He has a short temper and is rude to both Ben and Mr McLeod. Mr. Capps also refuses to pay back Mr. McLeod the money he owes. He frequently takes business trips to Portsmouth, and even though his store is struggling, he seems to always have a gold coin around if needed. He also goes to the tavern each night for a mug of ale.
Mr. Capps owns a competing general store, and he attempts to bid for the McLeod house when it is put up for public auction. However, he gives up against John Sutherland's high bid. He goes to Merriman's store in the following days to sneak out Mr. Merriman's ledger, and to cover for that, he lingers in the store for a long time without buying anything, which annoys Ben. Felicity also sees him talk to his nephew Zachary, an apprentice at Mr. Ramsey's print shop.
Felicity is able to figure out he is responsible for the attack on Mr. Merriman because Mr. Capp left his wig and cane at the wigmaker's. She also realizes he had his nephew Zachary print the broadsides at his apprenticeship and open Mr. Merriman's mail.
An old friend of Miss Manderley's who owns a musical instrument shop. He fixes Felicity's guitar in and tunes Miss Manderley's spinet. He only appears in Felicity's Valentine.
The leader of a militia army. In Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity he leads his men to the Governor's Palace to demand the return of gunpowder stolen and initially refuses to negotiate, wishing to storm the Governor's palace.
Mr. and Mrs. Cole
The parents of Elizabeth and Annabelle Cole. The Coles are originally from Lancashire, England, and the family arrives in Williamsburg in the fall of 1774. Their family is portrayed as slightly wealthier than the Merrimans (seen by things such as their larger home and garden and the fact the girls had a governess when they lived in England.)
In Felicity Learns a Lesson, Felicity tries on one of Mrs. Cole's wigs and makes fun of Annabelle with Elizabeth.
Mrs. Cole is illustrated with blonde hair in Very Funny, Elizabeth (but shown with brunette hair in the play Annoying Annabelle). Mrs. Cole is very sensible, and she tries to caution Annabelle not to be hasty about picking a husband. She wants her daughter to understand that marriage comes with many responsibilities, and it's the most important decision a woman makes, but Annabelle dismisses her concerns. Both parents seem a bit nervous and hesitant about the match with Lord Harry Lacey, but they want to do what is best for Annabelle and will make her happy.
When both girls have the chance to move to England, the Coles agree to it, as they believe England would be safer for them than the colonies as the impending war and tensions rise; furthermore, England will also offer more opportunities in high society for Elizabeth to make an eligible match one day.
In Changes for Felicity, Mr. Cole is arrested for being a Loyalist and imprisoned until Grandfather gets him released. Following his arrest, he decides to head to New York and leaves his wife and daughters to look after their property in Williamsburg.
In Lady Margaret's Ghost, Felicity eats with the Coles one day when a thunderstorm comes through. Mrs. Cole won't let Felicity return home until the worst of the storm has passed, and she makes Felicity borrow one of Annabelle's old capes to walk home in the cold drizzle. Felicity returns to the Coles' house the next day in the rain, and Mrs. Cole fusses over her when she arrives shivering and soaked. She insists Felicity change into a dry set of Elizabeth's clothes.
A young man who is in Lady Margaret's Ghost. He is from Yorkshire, England and has a thick accent; Felicity comments that her family is from near there in Lancashire. Dawson has bright eyes, tanned skin, and golden brown hair, and he's described as pleasant and friendly. He's good at soothing a startled horse such as the colt he rides in the Publick Times races. He was hired to be a jockey and isn't afraid of spirited horses, as his father was a groom and he has grown up riding them from a young age.
Dawson is new in town and looking for work, so Ben suggests he talk to Mr. Merriman, who has said he could use some extra help during the busy Publick Times. When he's there the next day, he's present when Felicity worries about Penny's sores. Dawson offers to make a special salve of his father's to help her. Mr. Merriman offers to give him a job for as long as he wants if Dawson is able to cure Penny. The salve has to be applied every few hours, so someone will have to stay with her overnight. Felicity and Ben say Mr. Merriman would gladly let Dawson stay in the stable and eat meals with them in exchange for taking care of Penny. Felicity's surprised to learn he's been sleeping in haystacks and alleys.
When items go missing from their house, Felicity starts to believe it may be Dawson, as much as she likes him. He will not explain how he got to Williamsburg or why he didn't have a job or money. She is also suspicious that he changes his story about his past. When Felicity and Elizabeth go to the Merriman's store to talk with Dawson, Felicity believes that Dawson is trying to steal a pocketknife, and she accuses him of this and of the thefts at home. Dawson is furious and is about to storm out of the store before Ben intervenes and explains the knife was promised as part of his wages. The girls apologize and say they feel he's been hiding something.
Dawson then exchanges a look with Ben and explains that he told Ben and Mr. Merriman about his past. Dawson's father was head groom of Lord Hathaway's stables in Yorkshire, on a large estate. Lord Hathaway left Dawson's father enough money to buy a stable in London upon his passing, which lasted a few years. However, Dawson's father died and the stable was sold to pay his debts, leaving Dawson an orphan who had to pickpocket to get by. Outside of a tavern one night, he tried to steal from drunk sailors, who beat him up and kidnapped him to force him to work on their ship as they sailed to America. The ship's captain was cruel, and Dawson jumped ship as soon as they arrived in Virginia. He's been trying to stay out of sight of the sailors until it leaves port again and he's safe. The girls apologize again and Dawson says it's okay.
At the end of the book, Mr. Merriman offers to keep Dawson on as a junior apprentice. However, Dawson misses the adventure of working on the sea, and he plans to find a new ship and sail out of Yorktown when the Publick Times are over.
An enslaved woman at King's Creek Plantation and Judith's grandmother. The protagonist and Felicity run into her along with Judith as she's "night walking" (traveling at night to visit family on another plantation) in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity (online endings); she is wearing a calf-length skirt, blouse, and a scarf tied around her head like a turban along with a necklace made from seashells. She was walking the many miles to the plantation that Judith's father lives on at night, so Judith could see her father.
She is quiet and dignified as she defers to Felicity, and says that Felicity would have no cause to know who she is but that she has seen Felicity riding with her grandfather. When Judith cuts her foot, Dinah and her hide behind a bush and Dinah binds the cut up with a strip from her skirt to try to get the bleeding stopped; this is when Felicity and the protagonist find them.
Felicity insists that Dinah and Judith return to the slave quarters at once and she and the protagonist escort them back. She allows the protagonist to carry Judith for a while to give her some rest. When they get back and the protagonist says that she is sorry about their situation and must feel so helpless (being enslaved, though it could sound like the situation in needing to night walk). Dinah says no and motions for Felicity and her to follow her, where both see the enslaved people dancing, playing music, and celebrating with each other at night. Dinah says that while they might think they've got nothing, their heads and hearts are full and that they teach the young ones what it means to be African.
This encounter pushes the protagonist to return to Williamsburg and her own time, where she asks her friend Amara about her personal history.
Charlotte Dunmore (née Lady Charlotte Stewart), the wife of Lord Dunmore. She invites Felicity to attend the Governor's Ball in Felicity's Surprise.
Lady Dunmore and her children fled Williamsburg in June 1775 due to growing unrest, and she and her children went back to England while her husband remained in the colonies.
Lord Dunmore (John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore) is the colonial governor of the Virginia Colony and is originally from Scotland. He, his wife Lady Charlotte, and his children (only Catherine, Virginia, and Susan are named of his eight children) live in the Governor's Palace.
In Happy Birthday, Felicity!, Lord Dunmore attempts to have the governor's marines remove the gunpowder (known as the Gunpowder Incident), claiming fear of a slave uprising as the reason. In Felicity Saves the Day, Mrs. Wentworth mentions that Lord Dunmore and his family had to flee Williamsburg and were now on a ship in Norfolk, VA. This historical event happened in June 1775. His wife and children returned to England, but Lord Dunmore remained in Virginia and was active in the Loyalist cause.
While not mentioned by name, in Changes for Felicity, Felicity mentions that there had been a battle as close to them as Norfolk. The book takes place in January 1776, so she is referencing Dunmore's attempted raid on Norfolk on January 1, 1776. His fleet shelled the city for eight hours, and the combination of shelling and fires destroyed two-thirds of the former Loyalist city. Dunmore was forced to flee to New York and returned to England in July. In Traitor in Williamsburg, Mr. Merriman is accused of selling supplies to "Lord Dunmore's soldiers" in the British Army, and his ships are supposedly near Portsmouth bay. However, Lord Dunmore himself was out of the area by April 1776 when the book takes place.
The seven-year-old daughter of Lord and Lady Dunmore. Felicity and the protagonist can initially see her peering out of the windows of the Governor's Palace in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity; they and Elizabeth can also play with her should they visit the Governor's palace.
A black-haired boy who lives in Williamsburg. In Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity he visits Merriman's Store and informs Felicity and the Protagonist that men from the Committee of Safety are coming to the store.
A friend of Benjamin Davidson's. He was previously been an apprentice to Master Griffith but leaves in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity, preferring to be a soldier. The protagonist, Felicity and Ben help him and a few others to smuggle gunpowder out of the Magazine.
A stout woman who loves to gossip. She is seen first in Meet Felicity walking into Merriman's Store, well dressed with a lady's hat covered in ribbons and feathers. She calls Felicity pretty and says that the lads will be flocking to her. She also asks Felicity if she is working on her sampler; when Felicity says she hasn't started, she replies that her two daughters were done by her age. Mr. Merriman says that Felicity isn't good at stitching as she lacks patience, and Mrs. Fitchett says that Felicity is high spirited and that she will find patience when she decides. At Felicity and Mr. Merriman's discussion of horses, she remembers that she must get oats for her horse and this leads to a conversation about Jiggy Nye's new horse that Felicity overhears.
The apothecary and doctor. He comes to the Merriman house when Felicity breaks her arm in Felicity Takes a Dare. He gives garlic syrup and licorice lozenges to Mother for her cough in Felicity's Surprise and tells Mother to be careful of her health. Based on a recorded citizen of Williamsburg.
In Traitor in Williamsburg, he is likely the apothecary who is caring for Mrs. Ramsey as she recovers from childbirth, although he is not mentioned by name. In Lady Margaret's Ghost, Felicity stops at the shop for powdered willow bark to treat Penny's sores. Mr. Merriman hurts his back at the store one day and Mr. Galt gives him a pain powder and instructions for a good night's rest.
Grandmother (as she is known with no state name) is Grandfather's late wife and Martha's mother. She is mentioned in passing as the previous owner of Felicity's Guitar and, like grandfather, immigrated from England to the colonies. It is unknown when she passed, but it was sometime before the events of Meet Felicity. Grandmother brought her best teapot when she immigrated and used to say the king himself would be at home at her tea table, as she served tea as properly in Virginia as she did in England. Martha learned housekeeping and housewife lessons from her mother, including sewing, cooking, and gardening.
In Felicity Learns a Lesson, Martha says that her mother showed her the star shape inside apples the same way she is showing Felicity.
A joiner in Williamsburg. He had previously taken Ezra as an apprentice but, after breaking his agreement, allows Sibyl to take his place in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity.
A man seen harassing Joseph Miller amongst a crowd of Patriots in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity. He stops when Felicity confronts him about not paying his bill at Merriman's Store for the past two months.
An amateur naturalist and house guest of the Wentworths. in Peril at King's Creek.
An elderly woman who assists Felicity around the Merriman household in Lady Margaret's Ghost while Mrs. Merriman is out of town. She is described as plump with gray hair and sharp black eyes. As a widow, she wears a black dress with black kerchief and white cap. When she was young, she used to cook for the governor at the palace, and she says she did it even as young as eleven (Felicity's age).
Since her husband died, she has struggled with money, and she describes Merriman's store as too expensive for her. She is curt, rude, and critical toward Felicity, who is serving as the mistress of the house in her mother's absence. Mrs. Hewitt makes Felicity nervous, causing her to make mistakes in the kitchen. She has an apoplectic stroke one day and is unable to come to work. Her niece takes care of her while she recovers. At the end of the book, Mrs. Hewitt is reportedly doing much better and would like Felicity to visit; she thinks Felicity has promise as a cook and she wants to give her some recipes.
One of three master printers in Williamsburg, in addition to Clarissa Reed and Alexander Ramsey. He is a friend of Mr. Merriman's, and his shop is close to the Merriman house. Mr. Hunter is mentioned in Traitor in Williamsburg.
A woman seen visiting Mrs. Cole with Mrs. Kipling in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity.
A member of the Committee of Safety. He and four other men confront Edward Merriman at Merriman's Store in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity regarding the selling of British goods.
A mare of Grandfather's. She is described as ladylike. Felicity rides her sidesaddle when she goes on rides with Grandfather at his plantation.
Dinah's granddaughter and an enslaved child at the King's Creek plantation, about two or three years old. Her mother died of fever a month prior and her father is enslaved on another, nearby plantation. Dinah is night-walking to take her to meet him in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity (online endings). When she and Dinah are caught by Felicity and the protagonist, she hides her face and is crying, but not loudly--having been taught to cry quietly. She had cut her foot on something sharp on the walk while Dinah was resting, which is why they were there. The protagonist offers to carry Judith part of the way for Dinah to help her rest.
When the protagonist is upset about seeing the conditions of enslaved people--and brought to the night celebrations--Dinah explains that part of the reason is to teach young children like Judith what it means to be African, not just enslaved.
A woman seen visiting Mrs. Cole with Mrs. Hutchinson in Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity.
Lord Harry Lacey
Harry Lacey's older sister. She an overbearing woman towards her brother and the Coles. She also seems to have trouble remembering names. Priscilla does not appear to be married as she is referred to as "Miss Lacey". She is in Very Funny, Elizabeth.
A wigmaker who owns the busiest wig shop in Williamsburg. It is described as being next to King's Arm's Tavern, near the Capitol. In Traitor in Williamsburg, Felicity and Elizabeth go here to figure out who in town would wear an old-fashioned bob wig. The girls talk to his apprentice. Lafong is based on a historical resident and wigmaker.
A customer who comes into Mr. Capps' shop when Walter forgets to lock the door. He is frustrated because Ben, Felicity, and himself are searching for evidence of Mr. Capps' business deals with the British. She is in Traitor in Williamsburg.
Grandfather's stallion. Grandfather rides him when he and Felicity go on rides together at the plantation.
In the core series, he is described as a "servant" or a "man who helps" at the Merriman home, downplaying the accuracy that he is enslaved; the Looking Back section in Meet Felicity specifically describes him as enslaved, as do many other books.
In Lady Margaret's Ghost, Mr. Merriman notices a broken shutter on the parlor window and says he should remember to ask Marcus to fix it. In Traitor in Williamsburg, Marcus is seen restocking shelves in Merriman's store. He is later present when Mr. Merriman is arrested for potential disloyalty, though he excuses himself after explaining what happened to Felicity and Elizabeth.
Marcus was played by Rothaford Gray in the movie.
A Scottish shopkeeper in Williamsburg, friend of Edward Merriman, and Fiona's father. The McLeods live near the Palace Green and have several servants as well as three enslaved people. Mr. McLeod and his wife have been in Williamsburg since before Fiona was born. Mr. McLeod has a hawk nose, a tall, solid, build, and the look of a fierce Highland Scot. Mr. Merriman describes him as an "honest, upstanding businessman." Many Scots are Loyalists, so Scots are treated with suspicion. Scottish Loyalists fought in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina in Feb. 1776. After fighting, Mr. McLeod's uncle and his nephews were put in jail and their families were left to starve.
In April 1776, Mr. McLeod is accused of being disloyal to the Patriots and summoned to appear before the Committee of Safety. He asks Mr. Merriman to testify on his behalf until the family receives a threatening letter from the writer of the accusatory broadsides. Mrs. McLeod begs for them to leave, and he initially refuses, because he doesn't want to act as if he's guilty.
Mr. McLeod is attacked by a mob and nearly tarred and feathered until Mr. Merriman steps in. He and his family choose to flee from Williamsburg instead of going to court. The McLeods go to Yorktown for a ship to Boston, where they have relatives. The Committee of Safety rules against them and puts their house and store up for public auction. Fergus McLeod is in Traitor in Williamsburg.
A girl who is a good friend of Felicity and Elizabeth Cole. Her family is Scottish. Fiona's father is accused of betraying the Patriot cause, she talks with the girls about her fears for his safety. Elizabeth, whose father had to flee as a Loyalist, comforts her and says she knows what it's like to miss a father. Their family leaves Williamsburg before his trial, and Felicity is not able to have a chance to say goodbye.
Fiona is in Traitor in Williamsburg.
Sir Edward Merriman
A wealthy English nobleman and ancestor of Edward Merriman. He was the first Merriman to come to the colonies in 1653. His heirlooms are passed to Edward when a cousin of his in Massachusetts passes away. They have been in the family for over a hundred years; they include a mantle clock, a pair of dueling pistols and a chessboard with ivory playing pieces.
Sir Edward was the last Merriman of his line and, after the death of his first wife Lady Margaret (after her giving birth to a stillborn son), left to America soon after. He could not bear to part with Lady Margaret's personal items, even though he remarried and had children (through whom Edward Merriman is descended, and may be named for). Edward and his cousin are both descendants of Sir Edward.
Lady Margaret Merriman
The first wife of Sir Edward Merriman and his young bride in England. She is described as a great beauty with long lovely red tresses (similar to Felicity's hair color). Her heirlooms along with her husband's are passed to Edward when a cousin in Massachusetts passes away. The heirlooms have been in the family for over a hundred years. They include a small leather trunk with her initials in silver, a woman's silver vanity set inlaid with emeralds (comb, hairbrush, and hair ornaments), a child's silver cup, and an infant's silver rattle.
Margaret wanted to give Sir Edward a child, as he was the last of his name and had no children--and if he died without a son the family name would die with him. She had a son, but the son was stillborn, and she never recovered from the birth; before she died, it was reported that she whispered an apology to Edward for failing to give him a child to carry the family name. It was then said that she continued to appear in the house as a ghost looking for her baby, with servants reporting seeing her gliding holding a candle, at the linen closet fetching blankets to cover the child, or bending over the empty cradle for her son. Sir Edward claimed to feel her presence in the evening parlor or see her as a light in the bedchamber where her possessions were still on her dressing table. Sir Edward couldn't bear to give away her personal items, and it is rumored that Lady Margaret appears in any home that housed her possessions.
Edward considers having to sell her pieces as the shop is having financial struggles due to the war but, when business becomes more brisk from the Publick Times, he decides ultimately to keep them in the Merriman family.
George and Charlotte Merriman
Felicity's uncle and aunt. They live in Boston, Massachusetts and have a son named Charles. Aunt Charlotte is a Daughter of Liberty.
They only appear in Real Stories From My Time: The Boston Tea Party.
The son of a tutor. In Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity he's seen tied to the Liberty Pole and heckled by a crowd of Patriots until the protagonist and Felicity show up and defend him.
A close friend of Grandfather's. He was with Grandfather when he purchased Penny and was able to recognize the mare in Lady Margaret's Ghost. He is described as an older man with a pleasant, ruddy face. He owns a gray gelding who is running in the Publick Times races.