James Tucker

James Tucker 55, appears to travel alone as part of the Royal Artillery Department (RAD) in the Book of Negroes and is not in the Birchtown Muster but he may be dead by then. The name of his stated former owner is unusual. There are no McFipps in the tithables for Norfolk but it could be Capt John Phrip who was a mariner in Norfolk. His surname name most likely comes from a man originally enslaved to father of Col Robert Tucker who was a close friend of John Phrip. According to the will of Robert Tucker in 1722, John Phrip acquired a boat from Tucker and probably also enslaved boatmen. He lists a Jemmy in his tithables since 1751. He is probably be married to Betty Tucker 28 mustered alone in Birchtown next to Jane Thompson[Tucker]. We believe Betty is a slave of Colonel Robert Tucker and much older than 28.
James Tucker Relationships
  • Relative: King Tucker, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship(s), Proximity In Ownership, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Married: Betty Tucker , Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In Ownership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
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Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek- 1751 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner [Narrative]
Jemmy Capt John Phrip - Northside of Tanner Creek [McFipps does not exist]

19/ May

Tithables for the Western precinct of the Borough of Norfolk-1774 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jemmy Capt John Phrip - Northside of Tanner Creek

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




Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.


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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
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon James Tucker 55 almost worn out Formerly Slave to Capt. McFipps, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.