Nancy Miller

Nancy is the 9 year old daughter of Jenny Miller, she travels with her mother and Frank Miller, who could be her father, in the Book of Negroes. Nancy and Jenny were both formerly owned by Joseph Coles or Cotes, who is not to be found in the tithable lists, although he is apparently located in Portsmouth. This is the same area in which the Miller family own tithable property, including Frank and another older man, Dublin Miller, who also travels with them on the ship Ranger. The four Millers continue to travel together to Nova Scotia, where they are all in the same company (Read's) in the Birchtown Muster, although Dublin is listed by himself. There is a very large discrepancy in Jenny's age as recorded in the BON (50) and the Birchtown Muster (31), which leads us to believe she was probably Nancy's mother and Frank's daughter.





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




Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.


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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 Duncan
Port Mattoon Nancy Miller 9 Formerly Slave to Joseph Coles/Cotes, Portsmouth. Left 7.5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Nancy Miller's Relationships
Assumed to be traveling in the Book of Negroes with:


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
Nancy Miller 10 Captain James Read's Company
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Nancy Miller's Relationships