Captain John Gilchrist

John Gilchrist was a sea Captain in the Norfolk area. He was at one stage in partnership with Peter Dickenson in Norfolk.
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1773

Tithables 'Acreage not given' - 1773

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Charles Captain John Gilchrist - Norfolk [Entry is for John Gilchrist and Peter Dickenson.]
Nanny Captain John Gilchrist - Norfolk [Entry is for John Gilchrist and Peter Dickenson.]

7/ Nov
1775

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation

  • 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

May
1779

The Burning of Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.

1779

The following slaves ran from Captain John Gilchrist

1782

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Treaty of Paris

  • 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

  • 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
Runaways that were owned by Captain John Gilchrist :
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks Source
London
Master: Hugh Watts
Port Roseway Robert Blew 30 stout fellow Richard White Formerly Slave to Captain John Gilchrist , Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Formally servant to Captain Gills who left him with Parson Turner in consequence of the proclamation, joined the British troops at Norfolk. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_letters_005.JPG
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