Miles Jordan

Miles Jordan travels alone in the Book of Negroes and is not in the Birchtown Muster.We know a little about Miles' origins because in the Commonplace book for the Jordan family his birth is clearly listed. Among the slave births for Edmund Jordan is " Miles: born October the 14th 1755". At some stage his ownership passed from Edmund to his younger brother Richard and it is this Jordan that Miles lists as being his former owner in the Book of Negroes. It is assumed that Miles is the husband of Rachel Jordan. They share the same name and their owners families were closely connected they also have a similarity in age. Like her assumed husband, Rachel is also not listed in the Birchtown.The two children who travel in the Book of Negroes with their mother, Dempse and Judy, are therefore likely to be his children. We believe that at some stage Miles joined the British forces during the campaign for Philadelphia in 1777 or early 1778.
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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 MIles Jordan 28 Stout Fellow Formerly Slave to Richard Jordan, Isle of Wight. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
[We think MIles Jordan actual ran in: 1777]
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