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Branham, Caroline, 1764?-1843



Caroline Branham (or Brannum) was enslaved, and owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. She worked as a house maid and lived at Mansion House Farm. Caroline Branham was married to Peter Hardiman, an enslaved groom, rented from David Stuart. Their children were: Wilson, Rachel,Jemima, Leanthe, Polly, Peter, Austin, and Daniel.



Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, from Anthony Whitting, 1793 February 20

 Item — Box 25, Folder: 1793.02.20
Identifier: A-301.188
Scope and Contents Drenching rains, fields flooded, mill race broke again, roads almost impassable--Tayler little to be confided in, has kept horse since the Major is away--mill has plenty of wheat--will try to straighten fence from Manley Bridge to the Mill--snows gone, wheat not damaged, but freezing would cause covering of ice--fences and gates can't go in such wet ground--too wet to paint buildings--mixing paints--will let Green have corn--asks whether to continue work on Major Washington’s...
Dates: 1793 February 20

Letter, from Anthony Whitting, 1793 January 16

 Item — Box 25, Folder: 1793.01.16
Identifier: A-301.147
Scope and Contents Washington's farm manager reports the bad conduct of Thos. Green, carpenter -- will not use delegated authority concerning Green, because realizes he is necessary -- good men are hard to come by -- suggests an addition of carpenters, or estate will be a long time in improving -- mentions all the buildings that need to be built or repaired -- wishes farms to look neat -- will put up fences and gates -- suggests moving post and rail fence at Dogue Run to make meadow correspond to fields -- new...
Dates: 1793 January 16

Letter, from George Augustine Washington, 1790 December 14

 Item — Box 24, Folder: 1790.12.14
Identifier: A-301.135
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1790 December 14

Letter, from George Augustine Washington, 1790 August 20

 Item — Box 24, Folder: 1790.08.20
Identifier: A-301.134
Scope and Contents Safe arrival of Will--expected him home at Mt. Vernon sooner--his great anxiety to do right in Washington's affairs--considering moving Anthony Whiting to place occupied by Fairfax when he goes--estimate of Whiting's capabilities and character--Garner [Wm. Gardener, overseer of the River Plantation?] is leaving too, wants higher wages--Mr. Gwin in Alexandria has recommended a young boy of respectable family to take Garner's place--he has had no experience--no family--George A. Washington...
Dates: 1790 August 20

Letter, to Frances Bassett Washington, 1791 August 29

 Item — Box 1, Folder: 1791.08.29
Identifier: A-680.34
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1791 August 29

Letter, to William Pearce, 1796 June 5

 Item — Box 12, Folder: 1796.06.05
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4048
Scope and Contents It is not likely that Washington will be at Mt. Vernon before the 20th--everything about the houses should be got in clean and nice order--Neal--Caroline--cleaning servants quarters--abundant supply of meat--inquires of the venetian blinds and the dormant windows in the stables--insists that Pearce mention these and the like in his reports--keep a sufficiency of oats for Washington's horses and those of his visitors--keep the grain and hay harvests from interfering with each other--Miss...
Dates: 1796 June 5