Nancy, 23, claims to be owned Stephen Tankard, Norfolk, and left him in 1778. Tankard was a tavern and ferry owner in Norfolk and is in his tithables from 1771 to 1774 which is his last listing. She was therefore born before 1755 and would be at least 28 in 1783. We assume she ran in 1779 and that she is the wife of John Jackson [Walke] who travels on another ship.

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Tithables for The Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk-1771 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Nan Stephen Tankard - Norfolk

19/ May

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774 -

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Nan Stephen Tankard - 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


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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
Nancy Jackson 23 stout wench Alexander Haight Formerly Slave to Stephen Tankard, Norfolk. Certificate from General Birch.
Remarks:[assumed to be married to John Jackson [Walke]]
[We think Nancy Jackson 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
Nancy Jackson 32 Captain Levin Johnson