Henry Cook

Henry Cook 37 claims to have been owned by Thomas Newton Sr, a Norfolk merchant and sea captain. Records from Nova Scotia show he was born in Africa. It is highly likely that Henry was one of Newton's sailors. He does not appear in the tithable lists as Henry because Henry is not the usual name for a slave and he is called Oronoko, listed from 1772 till till 1774 when ran away at the same time as Hannah Jackson. The surname Cook comes from George Cook, a cousin of Colonel Robert Tucker whose father came with Robert Tucker from Barbados. Oronoko is in his tithables in 1770. In the Birchtown muster Henry is with a wife Rebecca, who is not in the Book of Negroes but is certainly the woman named Beck in Colonel Robert Tucker's inventory who was acquired by Newton. As such she may be related to Jane Thompson [Tucker].

Henry and his wife go to Sierra Leone.
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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Henry Cook 37 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Thomas Newton Snr, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago.


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
Henry Cook 27 Corker Captain Snowball's Company
Henry Cook's Relationships


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Thomas Newton Snr claimed Henry Cook]


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List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone

Source for this event: List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone.
Name Age Where Born Number Of Children Age Of Eldest Occupation Property
MT Cook 50 1 12 2 farm lots one improved BT