Charlotte, active 1782- (Seamstress)
Charlotte was enslaved, owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, and lived at Mansion House Farm. She wored a a seamstress, and was likely married to Austin, who was also enslaved at Mount Vernon. He worked as a waiter. In 1786, Charlotte had 2 children: Billy (4 years old, at River Farm) and Timothy (1 year old).
- Mansion House Farm (Other)
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
George A. Washington writes about how he didn't write sooner because George Washington had just left Mt. Vernon -- will be more prompt with reports hereafter -- unable to complete the barn for the stock because of many other jobs for Carpenters & their illness -- some progress made on barn.
In this letter Martha asks Fanny to send with Austin, her servant, several muslin borders which Charlot was to hem. Also, Martha insists that "you must let me know if you are in a certain way and when the event will happen,..." Expects to be home "about the first of August" and wonders "... is B[etty] Lewis married -".
The significance of this letter to Martha’s niece Fanny is the mention of several specific slaves in the Presidential household. Martha complains about the sewing work of Charlotte and Caroline and gives her condolences regarding Giles, an enslaved coach driver who was apparently injured in an accident. She also mentions Hercules, the enslaved Washington cook who several years later would run away from the household. Misdated as '1790.' Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.