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Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
|James||David Leach - James River||[This is the son or brother of James Leach named in the tithable ]|
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.
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.”
|Vessel Names and their Commanders||Where Bound||Names||Age||Description||Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are||Remarks|
|L'Abondance - November
Master: Lt. Phillips
|Port Mattoon||Captain George Fraction||27||stout fellow||Formerly Slave to David Leach, James River. Left 5 years ago. Black Brigade. Certificate from General Birch.|
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|
|George, Capt. Fraction||25||Barber and Cook||Captain George Fraction|