Willis Wilkinson

Willis Wilkinson of Pigs Point, Nansemond and his son Mills a merchant in Suffolk, are well represented as owners in the Book of Negroes.

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  • Wilkinson family of Nansemond County -

    There seems to be a relationship between the families of Wilkinson and Jordan because of the close connection between the runaways. “Daddy Moses” Wilkinson, who was owned by Mills Wilkinson, was the dominant Methodist among the runaway cohort from this region, but the other Methodist preachers are all owned by Jordans. Luke and Phillip Jordan  owned by Josiah Jordan married to women owned by Wilkinson.

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7/ Nov
1775

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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

1777

The following slaves ran from Willis Wilkinson

1778

The following slaves ran from Willis Wilkinson

May
1779

The Burning of Portsmouth

  • The Burning of Portsmouth 1779 -

    In May 1779 the British detached a fleet of ships under Admiral Collier with a army detachment under General Matthew to make a putative raid into the Lower Chesapeake and destoy the tobacco warehouses. This fleet was supported by a smaller fleet of privateers owned by John Goodridge. After destroying much of Portsmouth, the British took away a large contingent of runaways from the Portsmouth and Norfolk area. A group consisting of 256 men, 135 women and 127 children.

1782

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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

1783

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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 Willis Wilkinson:
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks Source
Ariel
Master: Richardson
St. John Sam Brothers 25 stout negro man Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Certificate from General Birch. No date given for leaving. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_001.JPG
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Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Charles Dixon 47 stout make, carpenter William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Dick Dixon 12 stout mulatto boy William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Dolly Dixon 41 sizable wench, mulatto William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Luke Dixon 13 stout boy, mulatto William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Myles Dixon 15 stout boy, mulatto William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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Blacket
Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Sally Dixon 4 stout wench, mulatto William McLeod Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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Blacket
Master: John Roxby
Port Roseway Sophia Dixon 10 stout wench, mulatto Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_009.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Priscilla Gordon 19 stout wench Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_029.JPG
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Joshua Jordan 14 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 5 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_041.JPG
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Joseph
Master: James Mitchell
Annapolis Dolly Wilkinson 62 stout wench on her own bottom Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_057.JPG
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L'Abondance - November
Master: Lt. Phillips
Port Mattoon George Wilkinson 19 stout fellow Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Certificate from General Musgrave. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_072.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Patience Wilkinson 30 stout wench with a girl 3 years old Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 4 years ago. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_040.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Hester Wilkinson 50 stout wench Andrew Murray Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_052.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Patty Turner 23 Stout Wench Rob Thomson Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 6 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_052.JPG
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La Aigle
Master: John Blair
Annapolis Pleasant 17 Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Black Pioneers.
Ariel
Master: Richardson
St. John Betsy 32 wife of Sam with two children aged 12 and 14 Thomas Harrison Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Certificate from General Birch. No date given for leaving Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_001.JPG
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L'Abondance - July
Master: Lt. Philips
Port Roseway Priscilla Gordon 20 Stout Wench Formerly Slave to Willis Wilkinson, Virginia . Left 5 years ago. Certificate from General Birch. Claims in this entry that her owner came from Charlestown South Carolina but this is a mistake.Wilkinson hailed from Nansemond- see Gordon's other entry. Thumbnail of SetWidth50-bon_page_030.JPG
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1783

The following slaves ran from Willis Wilkinson