Hannah Jackson [Newton]

Hannah Jackson travels with her son Robert Jackson in the Book of Negroes. With her is Jane Thompson [Tucker] who is traveling with a 'grandchild aged 5'. This group are also together in the Birchtown muster - the child that traveled with his grandmother is called Peter Jackson - a name which automatically connects Hannah with this child and Jane Thompson [Tucker] as the grandmother of Robert Jackson. The tithables for Norfolk consistently show Hannah in the household of Thomas Newton and she is older than 40 given that she is listed in 1751. Thomas Newton was Robert Tucker’s son-in law. Given the closeness of the families, Hannah is almost certainly Jane's daughter in law and we assume her husband is dead. She could have older children who have been sold away. We assume that James Jackson [Sweepstone] could be a son.

Hannah Jackson and her children relocate to Sierra Leone in 1791 leaving Jane Thompson [Tucker] behind in Birchtown.

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  • Jane Jackson-Thompson -

    Jane Thompson is one of the oldest members of the cohort of Black Loyalists from Virginia. She appears to be the matriarch of a very large extended family.

  • From Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone -

    A rich spiritual experience was the only consolation for a life of appalling poverty in Nova Scotia. 

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Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek- 1751 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Hannah Thomas Newton Snr - Norfolk


Tithables for the South Side of Tanner's Creek - 1772 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Hannah Thomas Newton Snr - Norfolk

19/ May

Tithables for the Western precinct of the Borough of Norfolk-1774 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Hannah Thomas Newton Snr - Norfolk

7/ Nov

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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


Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.




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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


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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 Hannah Jackson 40 stout wench Formerly Slave to Thomas Newton Snr, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago.
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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
Hannah Jackson 50 Captain Perth's Company
Listed With
Hannah Jackson's Relationships


Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
[We have assumed that Thomas Newton Snr claimed Hannah Jackson [Newton]]