Lucy Shepperd

Lucy Shepperd is the wife of Thomas Shepperd. In the Book of Negroes she is listed as having a daughter called Maria who was formally owned by the same person as her mother, Robert Barrett. Barrett is actually a mistake for Barron. There were no Barretts with tithable property in Norfolk in this period. However Robert Barron first appears in the Norfolk tithables in 1778 and lists a slave called Lucy among others. The next and last time he appears is in 1780, by which point Lucy is no longer with him, which fits in with the date Lucy Shepperd gave in the BON. In the Birchtown Muster Lucy and Thomas are listed again, but the name of their daughter has changed to Nancy. Due to the similarity in their ages, we believe Maria and Nancy to be the same person. In the Birchtown Muster this family group is listed in the same company as Charles Ford and his family. Charles Ford was the brother of Dennis Ford with whom the Shepperds were traveling in the BON. Dennis Ford and his wife Patience are not in the Birchtown.
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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.


Tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge - 1778 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Lucy Robert Barron - Norfolk




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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 Lucy Sheppard 45 stout wench Formerly Slave to Robert Barron, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Remarks:[Lucy's former owner's name is recorded as 'Robert Barrett' in the Book of Negroes, however the records indicate that no Barretts have tithable property in Norfolk in this period. 'Barrett' is a mistake for 'Barron'. Robert Barron appears in the Norfolk Tithables in 1778 for the first time and lists a 'Lucy' among his slaves, we believe this is Lucy Shepperd. His last appearance is in 1780 and Lucy is no longer listed, which fits with the date she gave for absconding.]
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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
Lucy Shepherd 46 Col. Blucke
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