Grace Thomson

Grace Thompson 25, travels in the Book of Negroes with Isabella Thomson 14 and a younger child, Lydia Thomson, who is not in the Birchtown muster. Grace is probably the mother of the two girls but the ages do not quite match up. The tithables show Grace was born before 1755 and therefore old enough to be the mother of Isabella and Lydia.

Her owner was Edward Thruston whose wife was the aunt of Colonel Robert Tucker. Grace was willed to Mary Thruston by her father in 1762 but was for some time the property of the older sister Elizabeth Thruston who married Cornelius Calvert in 1772. Grace appears to have been married to Samuel Thompson son of Jane Thompson [Tucker] now deceased. She is listed in Calvert's tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge in 1772 but in 1778 tithable list she is listed with Mary Thruston.

She and her daughters ran in 1779, with her brother Timothy Snowball and her mother Jenny Snowball who did not survive. Grace and her daughter are listed in her brother Nathaniel Snowball's company. Jane Thompson [Tucker] is her mother-in law, and James Thompson, is her brother-in-law. They all travel on the same ship.

Grace Thomson Relationships
  • Relative: Jane Thompson [Tucker], Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Proximity In Ownership, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Relative: James Thompson, Assumed [ Common Distinctive Name, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Appropriate Ages ] , Source: The Book of Negroes
  • Relative: Timothy Snowball, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters, Shared Group Membership Common Owner , Source: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
  • Relative: Nathaniel Snowball, Proximity In The Ship, Proximity In Musters Common Owner , Source: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780

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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.

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1759

Born

1771

Tithables for Ferry Point to Greatbridge - 1771 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Grace Elizabeth Thruston - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

1772

Tithables for Great Bridge to Ferry Point - 1772 - Great Bridge to Ferry Point

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Grace Cornelius Calvert - Norfolk

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

1778

Tithables for Ferry Point to Great Bridge - 1778 - Ferry Point to Great Bridge

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Grace Mary Thruston - Norfolk

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 Grace Thomson 24 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Edward Thewston [Thruston], Norfolk. Formerly Slave to Elizabeth Thruston, Great Bridge to Ferry Point . Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
[We think Grace Thomson actual ran in: 1779]
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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
Grace Thompson 25 Captain Snowball's Company
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