Colonial - Volume 7


Robert Adam (1731–1789) was born in Kilbride, Scotland, migrated to America in the early 1750s, and settled in Alexandria, Va., where he initiated a number of industries, including a tannery and ... Read More

GW frequently used Zachariah Connel in 1765 as a wagoner from his Bullskin plantation.

James Tarpley was a merchant in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with different people at various times. He was a partner in the firm of Tarpley & Knox, which operated a store in Williamsburg ... Read More

Abednego Adams (1721–1809), a planter and one of GW's closest neighbors, lived on Little Hunting Creek, Virginia.

Lettice, or Letitia, Corbin (c.1715–1768) was the sister of George Lee, Ann Fairfax Washington’s second husband, and the widow of John Corbin (1715–1757) of Portobago, Essex County, Virginia. ... Read More

John Thornton (d. 1777) resided near Fredericksburg and represented Spotsylvania County in the House of Burgesses. He was a close associate of the Washington family, and during the French and ... Read More

Edward Agar was the captain of the ship Thomas, on which GW shipped tobacco.

From 3 May 1762 to 26 Oct. 1763, GW employed William Dangerfield's (Daingerfield) slave, Guy, as a bricklayer. GW paid for Guy's room and board, but billed Dangerfield for a trowel and clothing ... Read More

Joseph Valentine (d. 1771), who was in charge of all the Custis estates when GW married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759, stayed on as the “Common Steward” for both John Parke Custis’s inherited ... Read More

Aitcheson & Parker was a mercantile firm in Norfolk, Va., consisting of William Aitcheson (Aitchison) and James Parker. James Alligood (Allegood) was an agent for the firm.

Roger Dixon (d. 1772) was a prominent merchant of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

In 1765, GW paid 12 shillings for two bushels of flaxseed for Dixon (see Ledger A, 211).

Elinor Violet managed the dairy and made butter at Muddy Hole farm, of which her huband, Edward, was overseer of at the time.

Robert Alexander (d. 1793), GW's neighbor and foxhunting companion, was the son of Col. Garrard (Gerard) Alexander of Alexandria, and the brother-in-law of GW's nephew Fielding Lewis, Jr ... Read More

GW sold John Dulan 23½ yards of plaid cloth and 9 yards of “bird eye Linn[e]n” for £1.14.3. Dulan made up the difference between this and the £1.2 cash by supplying GW with chickens and eggs (see ... Read More

Jane Vobe (died c.1789) operated a well-furnished tavern in Williamsburg on Waller Street near the theater, and according to a traveler who had stopped there four years earlier, it was a place “ ... Read More

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

James Gildart was an important merchant in Liverpool, England, who engaged in the tobacco trade and with whom the Custises had had dealings. GW also consigned several hogsheads of his own tobacco ... Read More

There were three Miss Wades who lived on a tract of land adjoining GW’s Mill farm—Valinda, Sarah, and Eleanor. These were the daughters of Valinda and Zephaniah Wade.

In 1770, GW today ... Read More

Richard Arell (Arrell; Arrol; 1719-1796) of Pennsylvania came to Alexandria, Va., sometime before July 1762 and worked for a time as a merchant, before becoming an innkeeper there. GW frequently ... Read More

Jonas Green (d. 1767) established the Maryland Gazette in Annapolis in 1745, and William Rind became his partner in 1758. Following Green's death in April 1767, his wife, Anne Catharine ... Read More

Valinda Wade was married to Zephaniah Wade. After his death, she was living as widow with her three daughters on a tract of land adjoining Mount Vernon’s Mill farm. In 1761, she owed 12s. 9d. to ... Read More

Philip Babb (1731–1762) was a planter in Frederick County, Virginia. At the time of his death, Babb owned the plantation Great Marsh in the county and a house and lot in Winchester, Virginia.

Thomas Hardin (Harden) appears to have been an overseer of a plantation near Mount Vernon, which had been part of the estate of James Steptoe.

Hardin ocasionally made use of the blacksmith ... Read More

William Waite (died c.1787), a builder from Fauquier County, made repairs on GW’s chimneys in 1760.

John Backhouse was a Liverpool merchant involved in the Virginia trade. In 1762 Backhouse sent salt to GW.  His ship, the Marlborough, William Quinney master, entered the Rappahannock ... Read More

John Hickman of King William County, Virginia, was the son of William Hickman.

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

Abraham Barnes (d. 1785), a planter in Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Va., was married to Sarah Ball McCarty, widow of Denis McCarty of Cedar Grove, Fairfax County. GW made inquiries to Barnes ... Read More

In December 1764 GW paid 10 shillings for a "year’s Ferriage," which he left with his mother, Mary Ball Washignton, for James Hume of Fredericksburg (Ledger A, 189, 202).

Anthony Walke (1692–1768) and his son Anthony Walke, Jr. (1726–1782), were merchants in Norfolk who imported rum and sugar from the West Indies.

In February 1762, Edward Barrett of Fairfax County, Va., paid 12s. 9d. for Valinda Wade, who lived with her three daughters on a tract of land adjoining Mount Vernon’s Mill farm (see Ledger A, 93 ... Read More

Going Lanphier (1727-1813) was a carpenter, joiner, and housebuilder from Alexandria whom GW hired in 1759 to add a story to his house at Mount Vernon. Lanphier also performed some small tasks for ... Read More

John Ward's wife, Mary, had done weaving for GW.

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

Born in England, George Lee (1714-1761) later removed to Virginia, and resided at Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Virginia. In 1738 he married Judith Wormeley of Middlesex County, Va., though ... Read More

John Washington (1740–1777), the brother of Lund Washington, was resident overseer of the Dismal Swamp Land Company’s operations in the swamp.  Before the Revolutionary War John Washington resided ... Read More

Thomas Boseley (Bozley) owned land in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Boseley relined GW's riding chair in 1763, and in June of the following year, GW paid him for a wild goose (see Ledger A, 93 ... Read More

Fielding Lewis, Sr. (1725-1781), was the son of John and Frances Fielding Lewis, of Warner Hall in Gloucester County. A prominent merchant and burgess, Lewis married GW's sister, Betty ... Read More

Joseph Watson (d. 1773) in 1758–59 was a business partner of John Kirkpatrick in Alexandria, Virginia.

Gerrard (Garrard) Bowling (Bolling), a merchant and planter in Fairfax County, Va., was an inspector of tobacco at one of the public warehouses in Fairfax County.

GW's account with ... Read More

James Marshall had a tavern in Piscataway, Prince George's County, Maryland. This may be the same Mr. Marshall in GW's 1762 Cash Account (see Ledger A, 145).

GW supplied Marshall ... Read More

William and Diana Whiting sold land to John Posey for GW for £75 in 1764, which was paid in three installments. The land was about 200 acre son the west bank of Dogue Run and previously belonged ... 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

Lee Massey (1732–1814) practiced law in his early years, but in the latter 1760s he was chosen by the vestry of Truro Parish to be rector of the parish and sent to England for ordination. He ... Read More

William and Diana Whiting sold land to John Posey for GW for £75 in 1764, which was paid in three installments. The land was about 200 acres on the west bank of Dogue Run and previously belonged ... Read More

Bryan Bruin lived in Winchester. In 1771 he put up for sale 20,000 acres of land lying mostly in Frederick and Hampshire counties.

Daniel McCarty (d. 1792), son of Daniel McCarty (d.1724), was a wealthy planter living at Mount Air on Accotink Creek in Fairfax County. He was married to Sinah Bell McCarty (d. 1798) with whom he ... Read More

Edward Williams had been a tenant on the Clifton's Neck land at Mount Vernon since GW bought it from William Clifton in 1760.

Lewis Burwell (1716-1784) of James City County, lived at Kingsmill plantation on the James River about four miles from Williamsburg, Virginia. He represented James City County in the House of ... Read More

In the 1760s William Parker, a planter and justice of the peace, ran an ordinary in his house in Caroline County, Virginia.

Henry Woodward was in the British navy and came ashore with Braddock’s army when it landed in Virginia in the spring of 1755. He was made a captain in GW’s reconstituted regiment in September 1755 ... Read More

Philip Bush (c.1733–1812) was a merchant in Winchester who had an ordinary in the town. Bush sometimes provided supplies for the Virginia Regiment. He also owned Upper Ferry in the 1760s.

John Patterson (d. 1768) was the joiner and master carpenter who did extensive work on the house at Mount Vernon in the summer and early fall of 1758.

James Wren (c.1728–1815), a justice of the Fairfax County Court and a member of vestry of Fairfax Parish, took his oath as tax commissioner for the Truro district of Fairfax County on 19 May 1788 ... Read More

Rev. John Camm (c.1717-1779) was an Anglican priest who was a professor of divinity in the College of William and Mary from 1749 to 1757 and from 1763 to 1771. He also served as the college's ... Read More

Milkey (Milkah) Trammell Pearson was the estranged wife of Simon Pearson.

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