James Jackson [Sweepston] 24 and his wife Peggy Jackson 22 travel together with Peggy's three small children on board the Clinton. They probably both ran in 1776, not 1779 as his information suggests. James Jackson's owner was Richard Swepston of Mecklenburg County, but James was probably in Norfolk County in 1776. His wife Peggy was the property of William Aitcheson a Loyalist who defected in Dunmore in early 1776. The fact that this couple have children, 8 years, 5 and 4 months old, with no stated owner, indicate that the children were born behind British lines. James was the property of Richard Swepston of Mecklenberg County and he would have come to Norfolk with his son Richard Jr a militia officer who was in Norfolk in 1775-6 with the 2nd Virginia Regiment. This regiment was involved at the battle of Great Bridge in December 1775 and in Norfolk till 6 December 1776, which may be where James defected.
Jane Thompson is one of the oldest members of the cohort of Black Loyalists from Virginia. She appears to be the matriarch of a very large extended family.
John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
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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.
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: Lt. Trounce
|Annapolis||James Jackson||24||stout fellow||Formerly Slave to Richard Sweepston, Mecklenburgh. Left 5 years ago.|