Nathaniel Wandry [Wansey]

Nathaniel Wandry [Wansey] 23, appears to have defected to the British either during or immediately after the Battle of Brandwine in Pennsylvania where his patriot owner was arrested by the British army enroute to Philadelphia. He and his wife were members of the Methodist community but they are not in the Nova Scotia musters, so may have been indentured to a Loyalist family. They went to Sierra Leone in 1791.

Wansey had a farm in Sierra Leone where he was a member of the rebellious Methodist Community and led the resistance to the Sierra Leone Company. Conflict came to a head in September 1780 when warrants were posted for Isaac Anderson and Nathaniel Wansey for “treasonable and rebellious practices.” They escaped out of the town with about forty men and set up camp by the bridge on the road to Granville Town. After being attacked by a company of Maroons, Anderson was taken prisoner and executed. Wansey took refuge with the local African people, the Koya Temne, and he led their warriors to attack Freetown on November 18, 1801 and again on April 11, 1802. They were beaten back and several settlers were killed. The governor of Sierra Leone successfully negotiated with the Mandinka chiefs, who were harboring Wansey, he was handed over and subsequently executed.

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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


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
Master: Lt. Trounce
Annapolis Nathaniel Wandry 23 stout fellow Formerly Slave to James Stewart, Pennsylvania. Left 6 years ago.
Remarks:[He says 5 years ago but we assume it was 1777]
[We think Nathaniel Wandry actual ran in: 1777]