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Smith, George (Blacksmith)



George Smith was enslaved, owned by George Washington. He worked as a blacksmith at Mount Vernon Estate. He was married to Lydia, owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. George was freed on January 1, 1801, by the terms of George Washington’s will. Lydia and their young daughter, also named Lydia, were the property of the Custis estate and remained enslaved.


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Wages paid to George Smith for hire as smith at Mount Vernon, 1803 January 12

 Item — Box 7, Folder: 29
Scope and Contents

Payment of $50 received by George Smith of Woodlawn from Thomas Peter on 12 January 1803 for hire as a blacksmith at Mount Vernon in the year 1802. Signed by George Smith (his mark) and Lawrence Lewis. George Smith was one of George Washington's slaves who was freed after Washington's death. His wife, Lydia, was one of Martha Washington's dower slaves and was inherited by Nelly Parke Custis Lewis of Woodlawn.

Dates: 1803 January 12