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Boatswain (Ditcher)



Boatswain was enslaved, owned by George Washington. He worked as a ditcher at Mansion House Farm. He was married to Matilda, a spinner, also owned by Washington.


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Letter, from Lund Washington, 1775 November 24

 Item — Box 18, Folder: 1775.11.24
Identifier: A-283.40
Scope and Contents Will transplant cherry trees, but thinks they will die--also plant vinyards and clean Hell Hole--much farm work to be done--shortage of help--illness--plasterer still here and Mrs. Washington has decided to have stucco in her room plain--wash house shingled and weather boarded but chimneys not up--report on timothy and other crops--has written every week--payment for sale of Col. Mercer's estate and letter in re. sale to Col. Tayloe--negro quarters need mending--difficulty of getting silver...
Dates: 1775 November 24