George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 2 February 1760]

Saturday Feby. 2d. 17[60]. The Gentlemen went of after Breakfast and I rid out to my Plantns. and to my Carpenter’s. Found Richd. Stephens hard at Work with an ax—very extraordinary this! Desird him to see after Wm. Nations’ Rent, who died t’other day.

The wind for the most part was Northerly yet the Day was mild —the Evening fine & promisd settle Weathr. Mrs. Possey and 2 of her Children came, and Stayd the Night here.

In 1755 William Nations began renting a quarter from GW for 1,000 pounds of tobacco per year.

mrs. possey: Martha Posey (née Price) first married George Harrison (d. 1748) and then Capt. John Posey of Rover’s Delight. She bore Posey at least four children: John Price, Hanson, St. Lawrence, and Amelia. Of the two children who came with her this day one was probably Amelia, who appears in the diaries as “Milly.”

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