Col. Robert Tucker

Robert Tucker was a mariner, burgess for Norfolk County and major slaveholder in Norfolk, son of Robert Tucker from Barbados. His widowed mother married Thomas Nelson, his uncle was Edward Thruston and his brother-in laws were Jacob Walker and Richard Corbin. He was married to Joanna Corbin, and his daughters Martha married Thomas Newton Jr, Sara married John Taylor and Courtney married Preeson Bowdoin. His close associates were his brother John Tucker, John Phrip and Thomas Nelson Sr. Tucker died in 1767 and his estate was widely dispersed by 1770. His son Robert Tucker Jr and widow Joanna inherited only some of his slaves. Tucker ran a mill and bakehouse at Tuckers Point and it was at this site that Lord Dunmore set up camp in May 1776. Robert Tucker Jr lost 25 slaves to the British, as did others who acquired Tucker's property. Many of these runaways appear to have died of small pox.
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1751

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek- 1751

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Jenny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

1752

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1752

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Jenny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

1753

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1753

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
King Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

1754

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1754

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Jenny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

1757

Tithables for Portsmouth to Batchelders Mill - 1757

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
King Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

1759

Tithables taken - 1759

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
King Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

10/ June
1767

Tithables for Portsmouth and Southern Branch Precinct - 1767

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
King Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the West Side of Church Street - 1767

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Jenny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk
Johny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

10/ June
1768

Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek-1768

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
King Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk [JohnTaylor for Colonel Robert Tucker]

1768

Tithables for Elizabeth River 1768

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Johny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk

19/ May
1774

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner [Narrative]
Johny Col. Robert Tucker - Norfolk [Actually John was owned by Tucker's widow Joanna from 1768 until 1774 and probably till her death in 1779]

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

1775

The following slaves ran from Col. Robert Tucker

1775.5

The following slaves ran from Col. Robert Tucker

1776

Small Pox outbreak

  • 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.

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 Col. Robert Tucker:
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 James Jackson 50 thin, goes as pilot Capt. Mowat Formerly Slave to Col. Robert Tucker, Norfolk. Left 8 years ago. left him with Lord Dunmore when he left that country & was employed as a pilot. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_006.JPG
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Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon King Tucker 51 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Col. Robert Tucker, Norfolk. Left 7.5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_069.JPG
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1784

Birchtown Muster

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
Betty Tucker 28 Col. Robert Tucker Captain Perth's Company Captain Perth's Company