Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan was a prominent Quaker in Nansemond County. He was closely related through marriage to Robert Pleasants in Henrico county.
Robert Jordan Relationships

Related Background Information

  • The Jordan and Pleasants Families -

    Thomas Jordan was a Quaker who arrived in Virginia in 1624 and who married Margaret Brauseur (Bracey/Bressie). By the 18th century the Jordans, all descended from the eight sons of Thomas, were the most significant Quaker family in Virginia


7/ Nov

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation

  • 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


The following slaves ran from Robert Jordan


Small Pox outbreak

  • 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.


The following slaves ran from Robert Jordan


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Treaty of Paris

  • 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

  • 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
Runaways that were owned by Robert Jordan:
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks Source
Master: Kildare Williamson
Albaro Jack Jordan 55 stout little man John Job Formerly Slave to Robert Jordan, Nansemond. Left 7 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_043.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Priscilla Ivory 45 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Robert Jordan, Nansemond. Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_038.JPG
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Patriot claims for losses to the British

Source for this event: Patriot claims for losses to the British
Transcript Slaves that this may relate to.

Nansemond County

Robert Jordan - 9 [slaves] - 950 Pounds

Jack Jordan