Phillis Gordon [Jordan]

Phillis Jordan 20 is travelling with her husband Wynce Jordan who originally belonged to one of the Quaker Jordan family. They probably married in New York since they ran at separate times. Her stated former owner Anthony Walke II was a prominent landowner in Princess Anne County but his property also extended across the border into Tanners Creek in Norfolk - which is where Phillis says she was enslaved. Phillis probably ran with John Jackson in 1780. She may be related to the Jacksons as she appears to be one of the slaves acquired by Walke from the widow of Robert Tucker in 1774-5 and is the child Phillis 3 years old in his estate in 1767. In Princess Anne County tithable lists tended to list slaves over the age of 12 rather than 16 and Phillis is listed in Walke's tithables for 1775 and 1778. She and Wynce not listed in the Birchtown Muster.





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


British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    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.




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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
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Phillis Gordon 20 likely wench Formerly Slave to Anthony Walker [Walke], Tanners Creek. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Assumed to be traveling in the Book of Negroes with: