Ned Lawson

Ned Lawson 22 is traveling with Patty Johnson 17 from Portsmouth and at Birchtown is married to Martha Lawson aged 20 who we assume to be the same person. They probably ran away separately. We assume Ned and Jacob Lawson ran to General leslie in Hampton in 1780, as they are in Anthony Lawson's tithables until 1779.
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  • Relative: Jacob Lawson, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In Musters, Common Owner Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
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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


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 Atkinson
Port Roseway Ned Lawson 22 stout fellow Timothy Pruett Formerly Slave to Col. Lawson, Princess Ann County. Left 6 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
[We think Ned Lawson actual ran in: 1776]