Barbara Hancock

Barbara Hancock travels with her son Robert Bray Hancock in the Book of Negroes. Barbara is not listed among the slaves for Samuel Bush [Boush] as she is too young to be listed when she ran away. This couple travels on the Clinton near to a large group of people from Norfolk, including Dorothy Bush who claimed to have been owned by Andrew Sproule but could have been owned by Samuel Bush at one stage. Also near to Barbara is Stepney Hancock who hails also from Princes Anne County and is probably her husband. She says she ran seven years ago which is ambiguous, but it is likely she went with the other slaves of Boush to join Howe's fleet in 1777.





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


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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: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Barbara Hancock 20 stout wench Formerly Slave to Samuel Bush [Boush], Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.
Barbara Hancock's Relationships