This man probably went aboard Lord Dunmore's fleet when the two Quakers, Robert and Thomas Pleasants, came to negotiate with Lord Dunmore over the distribution of relief supplies to Norfolk. There were possibly others who fell victim to smallpox. He is in the Birchtown muster alone. He went Sierra Leone in 1791.
John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
A rich spiritual experience was the only consolation for a life of appalling poverty in Nova Scotia.
Thomas Jordan was a Quaker who arrived in Virginia in 1624 and who married Margaret Brauseur (Bracey/Bressie). By the 18th century the Jordans, all descended from the eight sons of Thomas, were the most significant Quaker family in Virginia
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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||Robert Pleasant||30||stout fellow||Alexander Grant||Formerly Slave to Thomas Pleasants, James River. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.|