Joseph Elliot

Joseph Elliot comes from a different part of Virginia to that of his wife Nancy. They both appear to have defected to General Howe in 1777. They travel together in the Book of Negroes and are together in the Birchtown Muster. As their respective owners were some distance apart it is more than likely that they were met and married behind British lines. They then traveled together to Nova Scotia. The fate of Joseph Elliot remains obscure. He is listed in the Birchtown muster with a line through his name. This could mean that he either moved company or even died.
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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 Elliot 30 Formerly Slave to John Elliot, Gloucester . Left 6 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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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 Elliot 29 Labourer Col. Blucke
Remarks:[This entry for Joseph has been crossed out. This could mean that he has died or that he has moved companies. His wife, Nancy remains on the list.]
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