Stepney Hancock

Stepney 30 travels on the Clinton and claims to have been owned by William Hancock who is from Princess Anne County. He travels Barbara Hancock who is probably his wife and her son called Robert Bray Hancock, owned by Samuel Boush in Princess Anne County. Interestingly Stepney cannot be found in Wiliam Hancock's tithables, which are very patchy, but he may be the Stepney listed in the will of Max Boush. willed to his father Samuel in 1761. These two may have run away in 1777 to join Howe's fleet. Also on the Clinton is Susannah Wynah, 23 also the property of William Hancock of Princess Ann County but she claims to have left in 1780, as well as Funkio Hancock, 25, formerly enslaved to his son John Hancock, said to have left him in 1781. None are in the Birchtown muster.
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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 Stephen Hancock 36 stout fellow Formerly Slave to William Hancock, Norfolk. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.