John Mosely claims to be free, but he is listed in the 1774 tithables for John Cunningham a merchant/captain who was a Loyalist and may have freed him in 1776. He is listed as travelling aboard the Elija but gets off that vessel before it sailed for Nova Scotia. He must have signed onto another British transport going to England as he was later arrested in London for impersonating a seaman in order to claim his wages. He was transported to Australia where he later described himself as having been " tobacco planter in America". We do not know what the connection is between this man and the other Moseleys in the BON.
I found John Moseley (Mozley) in the New South Wales muster of 1828. He was described as a dealer in Essex Lane in the Rock, unmarried and childless, but employing two women servants. Moseley was an emancipated convict who had arrived in New South Wales on the Scarborough in 1788. On his conditional pardon, Moseley was described as over 5 feet 7 inches tall, with black complexion, black eyes and woolly hair.
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Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
|Jack||John Cunningham - Portsmouth|
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: Alexander Buchanon
|Port Mattoon||John Mosely||25||likely fellow||Formerly Slave to John Cunningham, Portsmouth. Left 7 years ago. Wagon Master General Department.|
Trial of John Moseley for deception and fraud, 21/4/1784. ref:17840421-17