Lucy Hall was a slave who escaped from George Loker’s plantation in St. Inigoes, St. Mary’s County during the war. In 1813, the slave assessments recorded George Loker as having ten slaves, eight of whom escaped during the war. On the morning of February 19th or 20th, 1815 soldiers from the British frigate Havannah threatened to burn George Loker’s home if he did not release his slaves. The Treaty of Ghent which ended the war was signed in December of 1814, slow communications delayed this information from reaching the British fleet in America and the document still had to be ratified by the U.S. Senate, so the war technically continued.
Hall and Loker’s other slaves, including Hall’s family, boarded the Havannah and set sail for Nova Scotia. Loker pursued the ship along with fellow slave owners who had lost slaves, but Captain Hamilton stated that he would only release the slaves if they themselves wished to return to their masters. They refused. Later, in accord with the Treaty of Ghent, Loker was awarded $280 per slave from Britain in 1827.
Lucy Hall and her family settled in Nova Scotia where she had a son, William Hall, who would go on to become an officer in the British Royal Navy and the first black person, first Canadian sailor, and first Nova Scotian to win the Victorian Cross.
Maryland state archives. (2010, December 06). Retrieved from http://www.mdslavery.net/html/casestudies/warcountycs.html