Priscilla Gordon [Jordan]

Priscilla was a Methodist who was married to Philip Jordan. She is one of the many slaves of Willis Wilkinson of Nansemond county. In the BON she lists herself twice. There is a year difference between the two entries and the location of Wilkinson her owner is different. In the first entry she describes him as coming from Charlestown South Carolina in the other Virginia. With her in one of these entries is her daughter Mary. The family are together in the Birchtown Muster. Mary has now a sister - Peggy listed but next to Mary is the word 'dead' . It is likely that this child of Priscilla and Philip died around the time of the Birchtown Muster.
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1764

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

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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Priscilla Gordon 20 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Claims in this entry that her owner came from Charlestown South Carolina but this is a mistake.Wilkinson hailed from Nansemond- see Gordon's other entry.
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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
L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Priscilla Gordon 19 stout wench Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
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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
Priscilla Gordon 20 Captain Perth's Company
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