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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John Mosely claims to be free, but he is listed in the 1774 tithables for John Cunningham a merchant/captain who was a Loyalist and may have freed him in 1776. He is listed as travelling aboard the Elija but gets off that vessel before it sailed for Nova Scotia. He must have signed onto another British transport going to England as he was later arrested in London for impersonating a seaman in order to claim his wages. He was transported to Australia where he later described himself as having been " tobacco planter in America". We do not know what the connection is between this man and the other Moseleys in the BON.