Black Loyalist is a repository of historical data about the African American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes. In this first stage, the site concentrates on providing biographical and demographic information for the largest cohort, about 1000 people from Norfolk Virginia and surrounding counties.
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Jane Thompson (or Thomson in the Book of Negroes) 70, is the matriarch of a large extended family from Norfolk and beyond who resettle in Birchtown and other parts of Nova Scotia. She is said to have run in 1777 which is a mistake, as there is clear evidence that she ran in Jan 1776. Jane is travelling to Nova Scotia with her daughter-in-law Hannah Jackson and two grandchildren, Peter and Robert Jackson. In the Birchtown muster she is in the same household as Hannah Jackson and sons, but described as being aged 60, which is closer to her real age.