Phillis Connor

Phillis travels to Nova Scotia with her husband Isaac and daughter 'Nan' or Nancy and they are all listed together in the Book of Negroes. Phillis' former owner, Andrew Stewart and Isaac's, Charles Conner are both originally from Crane Island and are possible neighbours. Both Phillis and Isaac are listed as being vouched for by John Wilson who is a possible relation to Willis Wilson a man well represented along with Stewart and Connor in the tithables. It is highly probable that all three of these men were loyalists. Phillis, Isaac and Nancy all ran away at the same time.
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1749

Born

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

1778

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
Phillis Andrew Stewart [Stuart] - Crane Island

May
1779

The Burning of Portsmouth - 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

Ran

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
London
Master: Hugh Watts
Port Roseway Phillis 34 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Andrew Stewart [Stuart], Crane Island. Left 4 years ago.
Phillis '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
Phillis Connor 39 Captain Snowball's Company
Phillis Connor's Relationships

1785

Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Andrew Stewart [Stuart] claimed Phillis Connor]