Solomon Lawson

Solomon, 30, was owned by Anthony Lawson in Princess Ann County. He does not appear with that name in Lawson's tithables but the tothables for Princess Anne are very patchy. He could be the Sam listed, along with Ned and Jacob Lawson until 1779. If so it is most likely they ran at the end of 1780, however Solomon could have run in 1776 as he says. He is listed in the Birchtown muster with his wife Chloe aged 23. This is probably Chloe, 23, formerly slave to Thomas Benn, Nansemond who claims to have run in 1776.





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


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: Alexander Buchanon
Port Mattoon Solomon Lawson 30 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Col. Lawson, Princess Ann County. Left 7 years ago. Wagon Master General Department. Certificate from General Birch.
Solomon Lawson's Relationships
  • Married: Chloe [Assumed ]


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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
Saul Lawson 40 5 9 a farm lot BT cultivated 40 acre lots not cultivated