Charity Beacon

There is a discrepancy of one year between the date that Charity believes she absconded and the last date given by her owner, Isaac Luke.
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Name Owner
Charity Isaac Luke - Portsmouth

1747

Born

10/ June
1767

Tithables for Portsmouth and Southern Branch Precinct - 1767 - Portsmouth and Southern Branch Precinct

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Charley Isaac Luke - Portsmouth [Luke retains ownership of Charity until 1778- The 'Charley' seen here is clearly a mistake in recording her name. ]

10/ June
1768

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek-1768 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Charity Isaac Luke - Portsmouth

11/ June
1770

Tithables and Land Taken -1770 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Charity Isaac Luke - Portsmouth

10/ June
1771

Tithables and Land Taken - 1771 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Charity Isaac Luke - Portsmouth

10/ June
1772

Tithables Acreage Not Given-1772 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Charity Isaac Luke - Portsmouth

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.

1777

Ran

1778

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek-1778 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Charity Isaac Luke - Portsmouth

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

Charity Beacon 36 stout wench Formerly Slave to Isaac Luke, Portsmouth. Left 6 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Charity Beacon's Relationships

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
Charity Beacon 37 Captain James Read's Company
Listed With

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Isaac Luke claimed Charity Beacon]