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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James Jackson 50 was a pilot recruited by the British late in 1775. In the Book of Negroes James appears to be travelling with his extended nuclear family: wife Judith and son Harry, plus his son by an earlier marriage, London, and London's wife Sebro and daughter Zelpher. All these people are spoken for by Capt Henry Mowat, of the Royal Navy, with whom James presumably worked during the revolution. They are also traveling with another possible relative, Nelly Jackson, 33 who looks to be a sister -in-law.