Hannah Ford

Despite Hannah claiming that her former owner was Joshua Jolliff he lists no Hannah's among his slaves. However Hannah is in the 1776-1778 will of James Joliffe in 1775 "to be hired out". She is listed in James Joliffe's tithables in 1778.Her husband Charles Ford claims to have been owned by William Hodges and the Jolliffs and the Hodges were interrelated. She is with her husband Charles in both the Book Of Negroes and the Birchtown Muster but her daughter Kesiah who is listed with them in the BON is not in the Birchtown. Given her young age it is likely that she died. Hannah Ford and her Husband Charles are listed as traveling in the Birchtown muster with the traveling companions of Charles's brother Dennis from the BON, the Shepperd family.
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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.


Tithables for the North Side of the Western Branch bounding on the Nansemond Line -1778 - Western Branch bounding on the Nansemond Line

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Hannah james Jolly [Jolliff] - Norfolk


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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 Hannah Ford 30 stout wench Left 6 years ago.
Hannah Ford's Relationships


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
Hannah Ford 23 Col. Blucke
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Hannah Ford's Relationships


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Joseph Jolly [Jolliff] claimed Hannah Ford]
Remarks: [The James Jolliff snr written here is probably Joseph Jolliff the owner of Lydia.]