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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Nathaniel Wandry [Wansey] 23, appears to have defected to the British either during or immediately after the Battle of Brandwine in Pennsylvania where his patriot owner was arrested by the British army enroute to Philadelphia. He and his wife were members of the Methodist community but they are not in the Nova Scotia musters, so may have been indentured to a Loyalist family. They went to Sierra Leone in 1791.