Joseph Westcott

Joseph appears to be traveling in both the Book of negroes and the Birchtown Muster with his family. HIs wife Molly and their children, Phillis, Fanny and Sharp or Sharper. By the time of the later muster they are joined by Celia - probably another infant child. the elder girls are not mentioned by name in the Book of Negroes but Molly's entry has her with 'two fine girls 12 and 8' - almost certainly the Fanny and Phillis in the Muster. While Molly may appear to be separate from Joseph in the BON they are aboard the same ship- L'abondance, a large vessel with a confused manifest. In the tithables for Wright Westcott there is no 'Joseph' listed but a 'Jupiter' is prominent among his slaves and it is likely that Joseph was formally Jupiter- those entries are listed here.
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Tithables for The Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk-1771 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jupiter Wright Westcott - Norfolk

19/ May

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774 -

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jupiter Wright Westcott - 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.




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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 Joseph Westcott 60 worn out Formerly Slave to Wright Westcott, 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
Joseph Waiscoat 61 Labourer Captain Nicholson's Company
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