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.
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.
A rich spiritual experience was the only consolation for a life of appalling poverty in Nova Scotia.
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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.
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.”
|Vessel Names and their Commanders||Where Bound||Names||Age||Description||Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are||Remarks|
|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.|