Absolom Dickson

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Absolom travels with his wife Peggy and mother Sabrinah in the Book of Negroes and with them is Benjamin Sheppard who like Absolom was owned by Solomon Sheppard of Nansemond. They are also together in the Birchtown Muster though Benjamin is not with them at this stage. It is not clear the connection with the other Dickson/Dixon family. He is described as Mullato suggesting a white father. Sabrinah (Sal) is listed with Jacob in the tithables for Martha Joliffe from 1751 till her death in 1761. A John Dickson is in the same tithable region.





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


The Burning of Portsmouth - Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.




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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: John Atkinson
Port Roseway Absolom Dickson 31 stout mulatto fellow Richard Jolly [Jolliff] Formerly Slave to Solomon Sheppard, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago.
Absolom Dickson's Relationships
Assumed to be traveling in the Book of Negroes with:


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
Adam Dickson 33 Labourer Captain Levin Johnson
Adam Dickson's Relationships