Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson 33 is from the Eastern Shore. He is traveling in the Book of Negroes with his wife Elizabeth, also from the Eastern Shore and two children born behind British lines. We assume he ran in 1777 at the same time as his wife, when most people defected from the Eastern shore. In the BON he and Elizabeth are listed near to Jane Thompson[Tucker] as well as Grace Thompson and it is very likely he is kin of her late husband. Charles Thompson also travels in near proximity to the Snowball family, who have a close connection to Grace and James Thompson.

Charles Thompson and family are also in the Birchtown muster in Perth's company as is Jane Thompson [Tucker] and they are all Methodists.

Charles Thompson Relationships
  • Relative: Jane Thompson [Tucker], Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Relative: James Thompson, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes

Related Background Information

  • Jane Jackson-Thompson -

    Jane Thompson is one of the oldest members of the cohort of Black Loyalists from Virginia. She appears to be the matriarch of a very large extended family.

  • From Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone -

    A rich spiritual experience was the only consolation for a life of appalling poverty in Nova Scotia. 





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.




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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
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Grand Duchess of Russia
Master: Stephen Holman
Port Roseway Charles Thompson 33 stout fellow Formerly Slave to John Ustus [Custis], Northhampton. Left 6 years ago. Travelling close to Snowballs, Grace Thompson, Jane Thompson and Hannah Jackson. We assume a kin connection.
[We think Charles Thompson actual ran in: 1777]
Charles Thompson's Relationships