Textile, Leather, Clothing and Accessories


Bryan (Bryant) Allison (Alliston) was a tailor whom GW often employed until the early 1770s. Allison had come from England in 1737 as an indentured servant and served GW's father Augustine ... Read More

From 1764 until about 1772, William Carlin of Alexandria, Va., made clothes for GW, his stepchildren John and Martha Parke Custis, and for some of the Mount Vernon house servants.

Isaac Jackson was a fuller in Winchester, Virginia. In October 1766, GW sent him £1 in payment of his charges for "fulling & dressing 10 1/2 yds of 3/4 Cloth" and for “Scouring & dressing ... Read More

Several of GW's accounts with Lund Washington in the latter 1770s and early 1780s reflect payments to Hugh Archer, who was a weaver (see Ledger B, 153, 155, 162).

Thomas Davis was a weaver at Mount Vernon. GW’s account of the weaving done under the supervision of Davis, found in DLC:GW, runs from 1 Jan. 1767 until 30 March 1771. In 1767 Davis was ... Read More

William Scripps (1749-1823) had an unsuccessful shoemaking business in his native England, and in 1791 he decided to emigrate to America. He settled in Alexandria, Va., where he worked as a boot ... Read More

William Armstrong was a shoemaker. GW's business and farm manager Lund Washington paid Armstrong on several occasions for making shoes, including those for slaves (see, for instance, Ledger B, 155 ... Read More

Samuel Galt (c.1700-1761) of Great Britain settled in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. He worked there as a watchmaker as early as 1738. An advertisement in the 9 June 1738 issue of the ... Read More

John Waldron (d. 1770) was a watchmaker in Cornhill, London.  In 1766, Waldron repaired a gold chain for GW and put a new gold case on his watch.  In June 1766, GW gave Benjamin Sebastian, Jr.,  ... Read More

William Beaton was a weaver. In late December 1776, GW's account with Lund Washington shows that a payment was made to Beaton in the amount of £7 (see Ledger B, 147).

Joe Gavin made shoes for slaves (see Ledger B, 156).

Edward Wathing (Wathen), a cobbler, lived near Mount Vernon. He occasionally made shoes for GW's slaves and in return had work done at GW's blacksmith shop.

GW employed John Beedy throughout the 1760s to dress and tan hides.

William Gray was GW's weaver. In 1789, he began renting from GW what was referred to as the Chapel land, which was part of a 700–acre tract in the area of Dogue Run which GW had acquired in ... Read More

Samuel Brasenton (Brazington) and his wife made leather clothing and goods for GW. GW recorded having received from Brasenton in February 1761 “3 pair Leather Breeches,” totaling £3.18 (Ledger A, ... Read More

Baptiste Hamilton (referred to in one entry as "Tenison Baptist Hamilton") was a shoemaker who made shoes for the slaves at Mount Vernon, especially during the mid-1780s and early 1790s (see ... Read More

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