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Isaac, active 1773-1799 (Carpenter)



Isaac was enslaved, purchased by George Washington in 1773 from Robert Washington (the brother of Lund Washington). Isaac worked as a carpenter at the Mansion House Farm. He was married to Kitty, a milk maid, owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis.



Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, to William Pearce, 1794 January 19

 Item — Box 7, Folder: 1794.01.19
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-3947
Scope and Contents

George Washington inquires of condition and shelter of stock at Dogue Run and Union--instances of misconduct of Crow and McKoy--informs Pearce that he is taking on Butler again. Observations on various agricultural things. Asks about the carpenters at Mrs. Fanny Washington's. Informs Pearce that in the Eastern states, horses aided by oxen do the plowing.

Dates: 1794 January 19

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 November 29

 Item — Box 10, Folder: 1795.11.29
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4024
Scope and Contents

Sickness among the negroes--diminishing prospect of a good crop of corn--breaking up the fields for the ensuing crop--preparing the shelters--for the horses at River farm--asks about Neale--list of work for the carpenters--Isaac and Joe--enclosed copy of the invoices of the oznabrigs and blankets--seine twine--payment of Pearce and the overseers--Peter.

Dates: 1795 November 29

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 March 29

 Item — Box 9, Folder: 1795.03.29
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4002
Scope and Contents

Mr. Pierce Bailey--land on difficult run--inquiry of the new meadow at Dogue-run--affects of the winter weather on the growing grain, the grass and the fields which are to be sown and planted--Moses at the mill-- Tom and Ben--coopering--Gray--Isaac making ploughs--Donaldson--gardener attending to pease--an English gentleman, named Strickland--red wine and madeira--Mrs. Fanny Washington--porter.

Dates: 1795 March 29

Letter, to William Pearce, 1794 November 23

 Item — Box 9, Folder: 1794.11.23
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-3985
Scope and Contents Letters to Col. William Washington of Westmoreland--the easy and simple manners of Donaldson make him unfit as an overseer of the Negro carpenters--he should, however, instruct Isaac and the boy Jem in the principles of making and repairing all kinds of farming implements--quarters for a new carpenter overseer--Mrs. Fanny Washington--descriptions of people who Washington thinks should be obliged to stay at his Alexandria house--Doctor Craik--which wines to serve his guests--claret, madeira...
Dates: 1794 November 23