Samuel Mexico

Samuel travels near to his wife Marrian and daughter Rachael on Board the Ranger with others of the Royal Artillery. They remain together in the Birchtown Muster. Close to them in this muster are others who were on board the Ranger and who also served in the artillery. Samuel is listed as Samson/Sampson in the tithables of Thomas Brown. It is not clear what happened to both he and his wife between the years 1772 and 1778 they could have been hired out. The family's last name of Maxico/Mexico had probably no connection with Spanish heritage but rather a corruption of Mayo. Absolom and Thomas Mayo were land owners in the New Mill Creek area of Norfolk.





10/ June

Tithables Acreage Not Given-1772 - Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Samson Thomas Brown - 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


Tithables for Portsmouth to New Mill Creek-1778 - Portsmouth to New Mill Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Sampson Thomas Brown - Norfolk




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.


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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
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Samuel Mixied 45 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Thomas Brown, Norfolk. Left 4 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
Samuel Mixied's Relationships


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
Samuel Mexico 44 Labourer Captain James Read's Company
Samuel Mexico's Relationships