Jenny Fracklan [Fraction]

Jenny Fracklan or more properly 'Fraction' was the wife of Captain George Fraction of the Black Brigade. They do not travel together but are reunited in the Birchtown Muster in George Fraction's Company. To be given the charge of a company of Black settlers was an honour and a recognition of proberty and good service. The Fractions are clearly a couple who stood out in this regard. They are separated for almost five months between the sailing of the Elijah (upon which Jenny is placed ) and the November sailing of the L'Abondance that brought her husband to Nova Scotia. While no tithables exist for John Pew we know he was a loyalist merchant and member of the Colonial militia before he left with Lord Dunmore and his fleet in 1776. She claims to be born free and may be a member of the Russell family. The fact that her husband George is given the post of company leader indicates, perhaps, a higher level of patronage than normal.
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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


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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: Alexander Buchanon
Port Mattoon Jenny Fracklan 24 ordinary wench Certificate from General Musgrave. Born free in Norfolk. Says she was born free in the house of Mr John Pew, Norfolk County Virginia.


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
Jenny Fraction 25 Captain George Fraction
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