George Wise

George travels alone in the Book of Negroes by the time of the Birchtown Muster he has been joined by a wife, Peggy and daughter Nancy. Mother and daughter may travel together under a different last name in the BON but that is not clear. It is not clear where the appelation of Captain came from that he uses in the Birchtown Muster. He is not among the slave for Francis Thorowgood in the tithables for Norfolk however Thorowgood does list a George among his escaped slaves in his loyalist claim against the British.
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1753

Born

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

Aug
1777

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.

1778

Ran

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
Elijah
Master: Alexander Buchanon
Port Mattoon George Wise 30 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Francis Thorowgood, . Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.

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
Captain George Wise 30 Labourer [Bridges crossed off org. index, replaced by Wise] Captain Robert George Bridges' Company
Captain George Wise's Relationships

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Francis Thorowgood claimed George Wise]