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Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
|James||Thomas Bressie [Bracey] - Norfolk|
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.”
|Vessel Names and their Commanders||Where Bound||Names||Age||Description||Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are||Remarks|
Master: James Greyson
|Port Roseway||Jonas Bracey||25||stout fellow||James Miller||Formerly Slave to Thomas Bressie [Bracey], Norfolk. Left 2 years ago. Certificate from General Birch.|
A rich spiritual experience was the only consolation for a life of appalling poverty in Nova Scotia.
|Name||Age||Where Born||Number Of Children||Age Of Eldest||Occupation||Property|
|Joseph Bressie||35||2||4||Farmer||town lot improved 430 acres unimproved govt|