Priscilla Ivory

Priscilla Ivory is the wife of John Ivory. She comes from Nansemond County. It is believed that they married in New York (judging by the addition of Judith in their Birchtown Muster entry). In the Book of Negroes their name is 'Ivory'. It is 'Ivy' in the Birchtown Muster. Her stated former owner, Robert Gordon is almost certainly Robert Jordan of the extensive Jordan Clan of Quakers who mainly lived in Nansemond. In his Common Place Book Robert Jordan recognized the birth of a 'Priscilla' in 1745 but unlike many of the others listed he gives no date of death for this person. it is assumed that this occurred because the 'Priscilla' mentioned by him ran away to the British. It is assumed that this particular 'Priscilla' is the Priscilla Ivory listed here. Both Priscilla and her husband John were Methodists.
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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


The Burning of Portsmouth - Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.




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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Priscilla Ivory 45 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Robert Jordan, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago.
[We think Priscilla Ivory actual ran in: 1779]
Priscilla Ivory's Relationships


Birchtown Muster - Birchtown

Source for this event: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
Name Age Occupation Families they lived with Companies they belong to Remarks Company They Are Now With
Priscilla Ivy 46 Captain Robert Nicholson's Company
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The Common Place Book of Robert Jordan - Nansemond

This 'Common Place Book' was compiled by Robert Jordan over the course of the second half of the Eighteenth Century. It was common for Plantation owners to record details of their estates into such books. Any detail could be included in them from the ages of their slaves or dates of birth to crop cycles, advice and other information to do with the running of the plantation.

Priscilla, born 1745.