Benjamin Buckler of Maryland removed to Fairfax County, Va., at some point before 25 Feb. 1771, at which time he entered into an agreement with GW to work as a carpenter and to perform other types of labor as needed. The articles of agreement between Buckler and GW specify that Buckler was "to Work . . . at his Trade as a Carpenter" from the date of the agreement until 25 Dec. 1771. During periods of inclement weather, Buckler, according to the agreement, was to be employed in making shoes for GW, or was to perform "any other business he may be set about". In addition, Buckler was obliged "to Reap, or otherwise employ himself at Harvest as the exigency of business may require". In return for his labor, the agreement indicated that during Buckler's period of employment, he would have use of a house for himself, his wife, and his children. Three hundred pounds of pork and three barrels of corn would also be accorded to him, and at the expiration of his term, "fully compleated," Buckler was to be paid £25 current money (DLC:GW).
Buckler performed some work for GW after the end of 1771. In July 1772, GW paid him three shillings, nine pence "in part for Reaping" (Ledger B, 55).