Will [Scarborough]

Will appears with no last name and alone in the Book of Negroes and is not claerly in the Birchtown (though all those in the Birchtown have last names, which could mean that Will is one of the Williams in the Muster. He claims to have been owned by 'Mr Scarborough' but no such person exists in the Tithable records for Norfolk. Scarborough Tankard however is a prominent owner from the area and he could well be the former owner of Will however he lists no such person in his tithable entries.





7/ Nov

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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


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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


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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
La Aigle
Master: John Blair
Annapolis Will 50 Ordinary Fellow Formerly Slave to Mr Scarborough, Norfolk. Black Pioneers.