Jacob Lawson

Jacob Lawson, 30 is married to Ruth with whom he is travelling. They is nothing to date their marriage but they are both from prominent slave owning families in Princess Anne County. They appear to have left at the same time as Ned Lawson 22 who may be a relative. According to Anthony Lawson's tithables both Ned and and Jacob were still in Princess Anne County in 1779 and it may be that they actually defected to General Leslie in Hampton in 1780 which is more plausible given their geographic location. Jacob and Ned and their families are in the Birchtown muster. As is Solomon Lawson who may also be a relative.
Jacob Lawson Relationships
  • Married: Ruth Lawson, , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Relative: Ned Lawson, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In Musters, Common Owner Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
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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


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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


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: John Broome
Port Roseway Jacob Lawson 30 stout man Formerly Slave to Col. Lawson, Princess Ann County. Certificate from General Birch.
Remarks:[No date given]
[We think Jacob Lawson actual ran in: 1776]