Charles Ford

Charles Ford travels with his wife Hannah and his daughter Kesiah. Though he claims that his former owner was William Hodges there is no Charles listed in the tithables for either William or his father/brother John Hodges. However he is in the 1754 will for William Sr who leaves Charles to his daughter Ann who sems to live with her brothers. . The name Ford is also a mystery. There is a man called John Ford listed in the tithables for Tanners Creek but he lists no slaves. Charles's wife, Hannah claims to have been formally owned by the Jolliff clan who were Jolliffs were connected to the Hodges. For example Lydia Hodges is listed in the tithables for 1771 listing slaves for 'James Jolliff'. Both Charles and Hannah are listed in the Birchtown Muster though Kesiah is not- given her young age it is likely that their daughter died. Charles Ford is traveling in the BON very close to his Brother Dennis and his sister in law Patience and their child Maria [or Nancy]. His broither and family are not in the Brichtown. However Dennis's traveling companions from the BON, the Shepperd family, are now listed with Charles and his family in the Birchtown Muster.
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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 Charles Ford 28 Formerly Slave to William Hodges, Norfolk. 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
Charles Ford 28 Sawyer Col. Blucke
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that William Hodges claimed Charles Ford]