Joseph Dickson and Acky Dickson are probably brothers and they travel together on the ship Esther in the Book of Negroes. Their parents are likely to be Charles and Dolly Dixon (Willis Wilkinson owner) from Nansemond. Charles and Dolly travel with their five younger children on the ship Blackett.
The name comes from Peter Dickenson who was in partnership with John Gilchrist in Norfolk. He owned Charles and 'Nanny' in 1773. Peter only appears once in the Norfolk tithable listings and possibly the family of Charles and Nanny/Dolly and children was sold around 1774. The older two boys, Acky and Joseph, would have been sold separately.
Acky was owned by Matthew Godfrey. In addition to his brother Joseph, Acky appears to be connected to a group of Godfreys who were also formerly owned by Matthew - Abigail Godfrey, her son Ned, his wife Betsey and their children - who also leave New York on board the Esther and are in Dixon's Company in the Birchtown Muster.
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On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.
Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
|Afraca||Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk|
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.”
|Vessel Names and their Commanders||Where Bound||Names||Age||Description||Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are||Remarks|
Master: Robert Gill
|Port Roseway||Acky Dickson||25||sound sizable man||Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Engineer Department. Certificate from General Birch.|
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|
|Archibald Dickson||22||Labourer||Captain Adam Dixon's Company|