Molly Wescot

Molly travels with her family in both the Book of Negroes and the Birchtown Muster. On board L'abondance is Joseph, her husband, and Sharper, their son. Also traveling directly with their mother are two unnamed daughters who are almost certainly the Phillis and Fanny we see in the later muster. The family is joined in Birchtown by another child, Celia, who is probably a new born infant. Molly or 'Moll' is listed among the slaves for George Isdels- (sometimes written as Izzard). Isdels was a neighbour of her husbands former owner, Wright Westcott in the Western precinct of the Borough of Norfolk.
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Tithables for the North Side of the Western Branch - 1773 - North Side of the Western Branch

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
No name given George Isdale/Izzard - Norfolk

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.


Tithables for the North Side of the Western Branch bounding on the Nansemond Line -1778 - Western Branch bounding on the Nansemond Line

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Mol George Isdale/Izzard - Norfolk




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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Molly Wescot 36 stouy wench with 2 fine girls 12 and 8 years old Formerly Slave to George Isdale/Izzard, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago.
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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
Molly Waiscoat 37 Captain Nicholson's Company
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that George Isdale/Izzard claimed Molly Wescot]