Samuel Ives

Sam Ives, 44, travels on the Ship Mars bound for St. John's. The captain claimed that he was sold to him by the Virginia loyalist Jonathan Eilbeck but "does not appear had any right to sell him as he was the property of Capt. Talbot of Virginia from whence he was brought by the troops 5 years go and had a pass from Sir H. Clinton which Mr. Eilbeck destroyed". Sam was the property of Thomas Talbot a shipwright in Norfolk acquired in 1773 from his neighbour John Ivey, in whose tithables he is consistently listed prior to that date. He claims to have run in 1777 which was the year that Talbot died and he was willed to daughter Mary who was the wife of Eilbeck. He cannot be located in the Nova Scotia records.
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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: James Greyson
Port Roseway Samuel Ives 44 stout man Capt. Grayson Formerly Slave to Thomas Talbot, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago.
Remarks:[we assume he ran when his owner died.]
[We think Samuel Ives actual ran in: 1777]