Colonial - Volume 8


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

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

In July 1768 Jonathan Palmer was hired by the day as a harvester of hay and grain. However, on 30 Aug. 1768 GW agreed with Palmer for him “to come and Work with my Carpenters; either at their ... Read More

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

George Carter, the youngest son of Robert “King” Carter, died intestate in England c.1742. To settle his estate the Virginia legislature passed an act in 1744 directing trustees to sell Carter’s ... Read More

Christopher Shade worked for GW at least through 1773 as his waggoner.

In May 1770 GW received six shillings from Daniel Ansdale for corn sold to him (see Ledger A, 314).

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).

Mary Smith Ball Lee Smith, the daughter of J. Philip Smith, had been married first to Jesse Ball (1716–1747) of Lancaster County, Va., and then to Col. John Lee (1724–1767) of Essex and ... Read More

John Ball, of Frederick County, Va., was a millwright. GW made an agreement on 30 Dec. 1769 with Ball to build his new merchant mill, and Ball began work in April 1770. Ball was paid off in ... 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

Charles West operated an ordinary in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Sarah Savin of Maryland was the niece of Thomas Colvill's wife, Frances (Francina). In 1767 she married William Bernard (1730–1782), a lawyer in King George County, Virginia. In his will, Thomas ... Read More

Harrison Manley (d. 1773), was the son of John Manley (d. 1750) and Sarah Harrison Manley, and the brother of Penelope Manley French. Manley occasionally sold wheat to GW and used the services of ... Read More

Francis Whiting (d. 1775) rented a parcel of GW’s Bullskin land in Frederick County, Virginia, in 1773.

William Brummitt (Brumit; b. 1713) lived on the east bank of Dogue Run just above Mount Vernon. He made occasional use of the blacksmith at Mount Vernon (see Ledger B, 76). Brummitt also paid GW ... Read More

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

Thomas Williams was a cooper.

Samuel Buckner (died c.1764) of Gloucester County, Va., was a justice from 1748-59. His first wife was probably Ann Alexander. After her death, Samuel married Mary Timson (see Crozier, ... Read More

John Orr (b. 1726) was a Scottish merchant who settled first in Westmoreland and then in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 1766, Orr carried a cash payment to GW from John Relfe of Philadelphia (see ... Read More

On 17 Dec. 1768 GW wrote in his diary: “Mary Wilson came to live here as a Ho. keeper a[t] 15/. pr. Month” ( ... Read More

Thomas Byrd (Bird) worked on GW's mill and millrace in 1770. He also mowed grass, helped to harvest GW's wheat, and produced and repaired agricultural implements such as cradles (see ... Read More

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