Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition



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Record of Col. Edward Cole's ownership of five slaves, Parrsboro
Date: 1786
Credit: Esther Clark Wright Archives, Acadia University
Reference no. Parrsboro Township Book Esther Clark Wright Archives, Acadia University acc. no. 1900.031 (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 23166)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Baptismal records for ten "Blacks of Birchtown," christened on the same day
Date: 10 September 1786
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Christ Church Anglican Church, Shelburne (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 11856x)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Land petition from black settlers of Manchester
Date: 7 October 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Crown Lands  Nova Scotia Archives RG 20 series A vol. 17 (1786) (microfilm no. 15691)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Advertisement for runaway "indented Negro man, named Henry Jones"
Date: 26 October 1786
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Nova Scotia Packet and General Advertiser 26 October 1786 p. 1 (microfilm no. 4823)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Bill to provincial government for surveying Birch Town
Date: 20 November 1787
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives MG 100 vol. 256 no. 30 (microfilm no. 21819)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

"A black wood cutter at Shelburne, Nova Scotia"
Date: 1788
Artist: W. Booth
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives National Archives of Canada C-040162 W.H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Will of Joseph Totten of Annapolis
Date: 12 March 1788
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Annapolis County probate records estate case file T1 (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 19057)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Will of Ann Cosby (née Winniett) of Annapolis Royal
Date: 14 March 1788
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Annapolis County probate records estate case file C11 (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 19013)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Pen portrait of Stephen Blucke, in William Booth, "Rough memorandums from 20th January to 24th March 1789"
Date: 14 March 1789
Credit: Esther Clark Wright Archives, Acadia University
Reference no. Esther Clark Wright Archives, Acadia University acc. no. 1971.001

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Runaway slave advertisement
Date: 7 September 1790
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Royal Gazette 7 September 1790 p. 1 (microfilm no. 8164)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Advertisement for the settlement of black Nova Scotians in Sierra Leone
Date: 2 August 1791
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 419 no. 1 (microfilm no. 15460)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

John Clarkson's account of the story of Lydia Jackson
Date: 30 November 1791
Reference no.: John Clarkson  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 219 pp. 197-201; published in Clarkson's Mission to America, 1791-1792 p. 89-90 (Public Archives of Nova Scotia Publication no. 11, 1971) (F90 /N85/ Ar2P no. 11)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

R. v. Gray (indictment of Jesse Gray for selling Mary Postell as a slave and kidnapping Flora Postell her daughter)
Date: April-November 1791
Reference no.: Shelburne County Court of General Sessions of the Peace  Nova Scotia Archives RG 60 Shelburne County vol. 1 file 49-4

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Letter From Michael Wallace concerning the cost of sending black Nova Scotians to Sierra Leone
Date: 1 December 1791
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 419 no. 6 (microfilm no. 15460)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792

Letter From Michael Wallace concerning the number of black people interested in leaving for Sierra Leone
Date: 17 December 1791
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 419 no. 10 (microfilm no. 15460)

Theme: Black Loyalists, 1783-1792
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