Charles Dixon

Charles Dixon was the patriarch of a large Methodist family group formerly belonging to Willis Wilkinson of Nansemond County. Charles, his wife Dolly and their five children, Myles, Luke, Dick, Sophia and Sally, all ran in 1779. By the time of the Birchtown Muster, the family had grown to include two more children, Polly and Peggy. The name 'Dixon/Dickson' comes from Peter Dickenson who was in partnership with John Gilchrist in Norfolk. He owned Charles and 'Nanny' in 1773. Peter only appears once in the Norfolk tithable listings and possibly the family of Charles and Nanny/Dolly and children was sold around 1774. The older two boys, Acky and Joseph, would have been sold separately.
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Tithables 'Acreage not given' - 1773 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Charles Captain John Gilchrist - Norfolk [Entry is for John Gilchrist and Peter Dickenson.]

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 Roxby
Port Roseway Charles Dixon 47 stout make, carpenter William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 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
Charles Dixon 48 Carpenter Received provisions from the Widow McLeod from the 25 May 1783 to 24 May 1784 and from 25 July to 8 August 1784 Captain Snowball's Company
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