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Smith, Joe, approximately 1778- (Carpenter)



Joe [Smith] was born about 1778 and was enslaved. He worked as a carpenter, and was owned by George Washington. He likely grew up on River Farm. As an adult he worked on Mansion House Farm. Joe was married to Dolshey or Delphy, a spinner owned by the Custis estate. Their children were Sucky and Dennis.



Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, to William Pearce, 1794 January 19

 Item — Box 7, Folder: 1794.01.19
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-3947
Scope and Contents

George Washington inquires of condition and shelter of stock at Dogue Run and Union--instances of misconduct of Crow and McKoy--informs Pearce that he is taking on Butler again. Observations on various agricultural things. Asks about the carpenters at Mrs. Fanny Washington's. Informs Pearce that in the Eastern states, horses aided by oxen do the plowing.

Dates: 1794 January 19

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 November 29

 Item — Box 10, Folder: 1795.11.29
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4024
Scope and Contents

Sickness among the negroes--diminishing prospect of a good crop of corn--breaking up the fields for the ensuing crop--preparing the shelters--for the horses at River farm--asks about Neale--list of work for the carpenters--Isaac and Joe--enclosed copy of the invoices of the oznabrigs and blankets--seine twine--payment of Pearce and the overseers--Peter.

Dates: 1795 November 29

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