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Richardson, Joe (Postilion)



Joe [Richardson] was enslaved, and was part of Martha Washington’s dower share of enslaved workers from the Custis estate. He worked as a postilion. Joe was married to Sall [Brass Richardson] owned by George Washington, who lived at River Farm. They had five children: Henry, Elijah, Dennis, Gutridge, and Polly.



Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 October 19

 Item — Box 10, Folder: 1795.10.19
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4020
Scope and Contents

Postilion Joe--Washington does not expect to reach Philadelphia before Tuesday afternoon--wheat would be a heavy loss should the weavil get into it--let no time be lost in getting it out of the straw and ground up as fast as the mill is able to do it--take the corn out of the field as soon as it can be safely done--gathering white thorn berries--the sooner the potatoes are up and secured the better--trimming the Lombardy Poplar and the Yellow Willow.

Dates: 1795 October 19

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 June 7

 Item — Box 10, Folder: 1795.06.07
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4009
Scope and Contents

Details on the shingles--additional directions for the barn--removal of all the cabins at River and Union farms--wants to punish the thief who robbed the meat house at Mt. Vernon--Nathan suspected of this sort formerly--Postilion Joe has been caught in similar practices--Sam would not be restrained if he saw an opening to do the like.

Dates: 1795 June 7