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Will, 1739?- (Muddy Hole Farm)



Will was an enslaved man, owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. He served as overseer at Muddy Hole Farm and later Dogue Run Farm. He was married to Kate who worked at Muddy Hole Farm. Will was the son of old Doll at the Mansion House Farm and the uncle of Tom Davis at the Mansion House Farm.



Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, from George Augustine Washington, 1790 March 5

 Item — Box 23, Folder: 1790.03.05
Identifier: A-301.130
Scope and Contents [John?] Fairfax wants higher wages than £25 per annum [as overseer]--will probably leave at end of year--difficulty in finding reliable overseers for the salary--thinks Mr. [James] Bloxham's wages (£40) too high--he's not any better than any overseer in the country--suspects him of embezzling funds from ferriages--Fairfax would like to have Bloxham's job at the high salary, but G.A.W. has discouraged him--but he's a good overseer--recommends removing James from carpentering house to act as...
Dates: 1790 March 5

Letter, from George Augustine Washington, 1790 March 26

 Item — Box 23, Folder: 1790.03.26
Identifier: A-301.131
Scope and Contents Paid account to Porter & Ingraham, after satisfying himself they were valid--will no more let mares or jennets be taken away from Mt. Vernon before being paid for breeding with Jacks--rest of mares from Mr. Zantzinger have come--encloses his letters [see letters of March 9 & 14, P. Zantzinger to G.A.W.]--is making inquiries for person to take Fairfax's place as overseer--son of James DeNeil is no good in job at Dr. Stuart's--Mr. Gevins is good, but wants his own plantation when...
Dates: 1790 March 26

Letter, to William Pearce, 1793 December

 Item — Box 7, Folder: 1793.12.12, Folder: OUT
Identifier: RM-97; MS-3944
Scope and Contents George Washington instructs Pearce to take an exact account of the stock, tools and implements on each of the farms--to purchase a proper (bound) book in Alexandria for accounts--insists on the correctness of these registers--outines work of the carpenters: complete the new barn at Dogue Run, etc.--comments on live fences: cedar, lombardy poplar, and willows--hogs and sows--wants to reclaim and lay grass to the mill swamp--clover lots--potatoes--McKoy and Tom Davis--directions for lots on...
Dates: 1793 December