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Davis, Tom, active 1792- (Bricklayer)



Tom Davis was enslaved, owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. He worked as a bricklayer at the Mansion House Farm. He was possibly the brother of Betty Davis.



Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, to Anthony Whitting, 1791 August 14

 Item — Box 5, Folder: 1791.08.14
Identifier: W-722
Scope and Contents Major George A. Washington gone to Berkeley so he will address him [Whitting] on Mount Vernon matters -- send weekly reports -- corn at the mill should be ready -- gather this corn & stalks together for fodder -- plant this meadow in grass -- further instructions on harvesting and seeding -- all autumn grain and grass to be put in as soon as possible -- wants an overseer for Dogue Run, a man with a small family -- house for overseer, can move one from the Mansion to Dogue Run easier than...
Dates: 1791 August 14

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

Letter, to William Pearce, 1794 June 8

 Item — Box 8, Folder: 1794.06.08
Identifier: RM-490-F: MS-3965
Scope and Contents Lambs were not to be sold--if any were, Washington never received the money--plans for the selling/care of the sheep--never kill the females--comments on those who would go against his plan--his absence has afforded them the opportunity--overseers not allowed to sell any animals--Mr. Stuart's selling butter--Washington never entertained an unfavorable opinion of Stuart and always a bad one of Green--Mrs. Stuart fraudulently furnishes butter for McKnight's Tavern--Mrs. Fanny Washington and...
Dates: 1794 June 8

Letter, to William Pearce, 1794 August 3

 Item — Box 8, Folder: 1794.08.03
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-3970
Scope and Contents George Washington has moved to German Town to escape the heat of Philadephia--has not rained at Mt. Vernon for a while--fearful that drought would damage corn--put off sowing wheat until corn fields are clean, light and in good order--preparing no more land for a crop than one can handle--whatever is attempted should be well executed as it respects crops--an essential object with every farmer ought to be the destruction of weeds--his arable and pasture ground should produce nothing but...
Dates: 1794 August 3

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