Luke Jordan

Luke Jordan was an influential Methodist preacher, second only to "Daddy Moses' Wilkinson. His owner was said to be George Jordan of Nansemond County. We think this is Josiah Jordan, one of the prominent Quaker family of Jordan. There are close kin connections between the slaves of Wilkinson and the Jordan family. John Jordan, father of Josiah Jordan had land close to William Wilkinson, father of Willis Wilkinson, who was also a Quaker. Luke Jordan's wife, Patience, and their son, Joshua, were both owned by Willis Wilkinson. Philip Jordan who was also owned by George [Josiah] Jordan of Nansemond, married Priscilla who was owned by Willis Wilkinson. They would have all ran in 1779, so the date given in the the BON is wrong. He and his family are in the Birchtown muster. In 1791 they relocated to Sierra Leone where Luke Jordan became a prominent dissident leading a breakaway movement.

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  • Virginia's Black Methodists -

    Norfolk’s enslaved Methodists  owed conversion to Robert Williams, a self-funded Wesleyan itinerant from Ireland who arrived at Norfolk en route to New York in the summer of 1769. By 1776 there were several large Black Methodist meetings in the area around Norfolk.

  • 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.

  • From Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone -

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

  • Wilkinson family of Nansemond County -

    There seems to be a relationship between the families of Wilkinson and Jordan because of the close connection between the runaways. “Daddy Moses” Wilkinson, who was owned by Mills Wilkinson, was the dominant Methodist among the runaway cohort from this region, but the other Methodist preachers are all owned by Jordans. Luke and Phillip Jordan  owned by Josiah Jordan married to women owned by Wilkinson.

  • The Jordan and Pleasants Families -

    Thomas Jordan was a Quaker who arrived in Virginia in 1624 and who married Margaret Brauseur (Bracey/Bressie). By the 18th century the Jordans, all descended from the eight sons of Thomas, were the most significant Quaker family in Virginia

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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


British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.




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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 laker Jordan 36 stout fellow Formerly Slave to George Jordan, Nansemond. Left 5 years ago.
[We think laker Jordan actual ran in: 1779]


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
Luke Jordan 36 Sawyer Captain Snowball's Company
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List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone

Source for this event: List of those wishing to go to Sierra Leone.
Name Age Where Born Number Of Children Age Of Eldest Occupation Property
Luke Jordan 46 2 5 sailor 2 town lots 40 acre lot