Mills Wilkinson

Mills Wilkinson, son of Willis Wilkinson, is variously called Mesley or Miles or Mosely in the Book of Negroes. Mills seems to have been the maiden name of his mother - a common practice in the Virginia of the late Eighteenth Century. Many slaves belonging to Wilkinson also claim that they hailed from Norfolk and yet Wilkinson's property was in Nansemond. Though the Wilkinsons were originally prominent Virginia Quakers, Mills was a militia officer which suggests he was no longer a Quaker.
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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

1776

The following slaves ran from Mills Wilkinson

1779

1780

The following slaves ran from Mills Wilkinson

1781

Siege of Yorktown

1782

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Treaty of Paris

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    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

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    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 Mills Wilkinson:
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks Source
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Dorcas Crumwell 14 stout wench Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_041.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Peggy Crumwell 50 stout wench Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_041.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Rachel Herbert 24 stout wench with one girl 3 weeks old Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_039.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Patience Wilkinson 60 worn out Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_039.JPG
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Clinton
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Esther [Wilkinson] 60 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 3 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_033.JPG
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Clinton
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Seelah 17 Likely Wench Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 3 years ago.
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Moses Wilkinson 36 Blind and lame Formerly Slave to Mills Wilkinson, Nansemond. Left 7 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_039.JPG
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