Thomas Shepperd

Thomas travels with his wife Lucy Shepperd and Maria his daughter. He claims to have been the former property of Joseph Shepperd presumably from whom he got his name. His wife and child were owned by Robert Barron of Norfolk. Kessiah Shepherd and her partner John Martin travel on the same ship and it is possible Kessiah was an older daughter also owned by the Shepherd family. They also appear to be travelling with Dennis and Patience Ford. Thomas, Lucy and Nancy (Maria) are in the same Company as Kessiah and John Martin in the Birchtown Muster. Also in Colonel Blucke's Company in the Muster is Dennis Ford's brother, Charles, and his wife Hannah - Dennis and Patience are not in the Birchtown. Thomas is not recorded among the slaves of the Shephard family (William, John or Solomon - no Joseph) in the tithable lists for Norfolk, however the Shephard family also had land and tithable property in Princess Ann County. In the taxation lists for the lower precinct of the Eastern Shore of Princess Ann County for 1775, William Shepherd lists owning two slaves Thomas could be one of them.
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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


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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 Thomas Shepperd 55 Stout man Formerly Slave to Joseph Shepperd, Norfolk. Certificate from General Birch.
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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
Thomas Shepherd 56 Sawyer Col. Blucke
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