James Thompson

James Thompson 25 was also a pilot. His owner was Edward Cooper a prominent Patriot from Hampton from an family with extensive maritime interests in Norfolk and Hampton, and a well known pilot for Hampton Roads, together with his neighbour William Ballard, the owner of London Jackson. James is not in the tithables lists for Edward Cooper in Norfolk and we presume he was in Hampton where there are no tithable lists.

We assume his mother is Jane Thompson [Tucker], as he is mustered in the same company in Birchtown and travels on the same ship. If that is so then he was part of Tucker's estate acquired as a child. Tuckers inventory in 1767 lists Joe, a child under 12. It is possible that this is James Thompson. At some stage after he reached puberty he was purchased from Tucker by Edward Cooper.

James appears to have left at the same time as John Jackson and London Jackson, [his half brother and cousin] in November 1780, to Join General Leslie. He travels to Nova Scotia with his wife Jane Thompson 23 from the Eastern Shore who travels with child of 8, who is named Maria Snowball in the Birchtown muster. We assume this is the child of Timothy and Diana Snowball, which suggests James has a relationship to the Snowball family which connects him to to Grace Thompson the wife of his dead brother Samuel Thompson.

James and his family go to Sierra Leone.

James Thompson Relationships
  • Relative: London Jackson, Assumed [ Proximity In The Ship(s), Proximity In Ownership, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
  • Married: Jane Thompson, , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Child: 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: Charles Thompson, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Relative: Grace Thomson , Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes

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  • 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.

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1758

Born

1774

Tithables for East Side of Church Street - 1774 - East Side of Church Street

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Young James Cornelius Calvert - Norfolk

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

1780

Ran

1781

Siege of Yorktown - YorkTown

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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway James Thompson 25 stout fellow Left 3 years ago.
Remarks:[We assume that he left with London Jackson]
[We think James Thompson actual ran in: 1780]

1784

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
James Thomson 26 Labourer Captain Perth's Company He is in family with wife Jane and child Maria Snowball aged 8 Captain Perth's Company
Remarks:[We assume that James Thompson is connected to Jane Thompson [Tucker]]
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