Henry Walker

Henry Walker is one of the oldest loyalist runaways in the Book of Negroes being described as both 60 in the BON and 67 in the Birchtown Muster. His owner was William Nicholson and he had been owned by that family for a long time, but his name could be derived from maritime family of Walker in Princess Anne County but more likely it is it a misheard corruption of Walke. Henry's tithable entries go right back to 1750. At first Henry or Harry was owned by Joshua Nicholson - a prominent slave owner from Norfolk with relatively wide business interests brother of William. Later his ownership was taken up William Nicholson and sometimes he is listed in the in the possession of Patience Nicholson. Henry travels with his three children, Samuel, Lydia and Tobias, as well as Chloe his wife. Tobias is listed as being dead by the time of the Birchtown Muster.
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Name Owner
Harry Joshua Nicholson - Norfolk

1723

Born

1752

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1752 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Harry Joshua Nicholson - Norfolk

1753

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1753 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Harry Joshua Nicholson - Norfolk

1757

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1757 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Harry Joshua Nicholson - Norfolk

1759

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek- 1759 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Harry Joshua Nicholson - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care - 1767 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Harry Joshua Nicholson - Norfolk

1768

List of Tithables and Land Taken-1768 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Harry William Nicholson - Norfolk

1770

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1770 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Harry William Nicholson - Norfolk

1771

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek- 1771 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Harry William Nicholson - Norfolk

1772

Tithables for the South Side of Tanner's Creek - 1772 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Harry William Nicholson - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

  • John Murray, Lord Dunmore -

    John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the  colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Source for this event: Lord Dunmore's Proclamation

1776

Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.

1776

Ran

1782

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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

  • Treaty of Paris -

    In November 1782 a provisional peace treaty was hammered out between the British and the Americans in Paris.

Source for this event: Treaty of Paris

1783

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Evacuation of New York - New York

  • Evacuation of New York -

    In April 1783 the first evacuation fleet left for Nova Scotia. A week later  the British Commander, Sir Guy Carleton, sailed up the Hudson River to Orangetown for a conference with General Washington to discuss the evacuation. As the victorious commander, Washington opened the meeting by reiterating the resolution of Congress regarding “the delivery of all Negroes and other property.”

Source for this event: The Book of Negroes
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Henry Walker 60 stout man of his age Formerly Slave to William Nicholson, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Henry Walker's Relationships

1784

Birchtown Muster - Birchtown

Source for this event: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
Name Age Occupation Families they lived with Companies they belong to Remarks Company They Are Now With
Henry Walker 67 Ship carpenter Captain Snowball's Company
Henry Walker's Relationships

1791

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List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone

Source for this event: List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone.
Name Age Where Born Number Of Children Age Of Eldest Occupation Property
Henry Walker 60 1 21 carpenter 4carpenter town lots BT 50 acres houses 8 acres improved