David Tankard

David travels alone in the Book of Negroes and is not in the Birchtown Muster. His stated former owner, Stephen Tankard was part of a wealthy family of Slave owners from Norfolk who had extensive shipping interests. This family included Stephen , his Brother Scarborough and their father George. Stephen was in the shipping business with William Davis, William Bowen and Thomas Ratchfoot. Together they owned a large number of slaves including eight unnamed lightermen. As no David or Dave appears among the named slaves, David tankard could be one of the lightermen. This could also explain why he is not in the Birchtown muster- most loyalist ex-slaves with much needed maritime skills were employed elsewhere.
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1755

Born

7/ Nov
1775

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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

Aug
1777

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.

1777

Ran

1782

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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

1783

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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
Clinton
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Thomas Tankard 28 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Stephen Tankard, Norfolk. Left 6 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.