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Cyrus, 1775?- (Carpenter)



Cyrus was enslaved, owned by the estate of Martha Washington's first husband Daniel Parke Custis. He worked as a postilion or groom at Mansion House Farm, and in 1792 was listed as a carpenter. Cyrus was the son of Sall, a housemaid (dower slave). He was married to Lucy, who lived at River Farm and was owned by George Washington.



Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, to William Pearce, 1796 December 18

 Item — Box 12, Folder: 1796.12.18
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4058
Scope and Contents

Lack of rain--Mr. Alexander Smith--Mr. Lear--the ground, where ivy and wild honey suckle are to be planted, is not to be plowed beforehand--Frank, Hercules, and Cyrus--Allison--Washington is displeased with his conduct--would like the new road completed before spring--Mr. Neal continues indisposed and the carpenters do nothing--Sall, Mima and Dick are regularly returned sick--Mr. Anderson expects to arrive by the 27th--clover grass seeds.

Dates: 1796 December 18

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 December 13

 Item — Box 10, Folder: 1795.12.13
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4026
Scope and Contents

The sickness at Mt. Vernon is abating-tells Pearce to encourage Cyrus to persevere-he is to use money from last year's flour and corn to pay any debts-good price for wheat in Philadelphia-seine twine-Peter choosing two more mules.

Dates: 1795 December 13

Letter, to William Pearce, 1795 March 15

 Item — Box 9, Folder: 1795.03.15
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4000
Scope and Contents On the Sloop Harmony--Capt. Ellwood--Washington has sent 972 1/2 yards of oznabrigs--Mrs. Fanny Washington---Col. Gilpin--Washington has also included various seeds--some rare and valuable--turnips--chiccory--botany bay grass seeds--requests that the gardener use his utmost skill and care--cabbage--lucern--preparing for its arrival--Sammy is to supply the place of Bristol--Cyrus, a dower slave--the children of Daphne--Mr. Smith--one purchaser for the fish--Mrs. Fanny Washington, Dr. Stuart...
Dates: 1795 March 15