George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 20 February 1762]

20. Rented George Ashfords Plantn. to Nelson Kelly for 1000 lbs. Tobo. & Cash.

Sowed a good deal of Tobo. Seed at all my Quarters.

George Ashford of Fairfax County sold GW 135 acres of land on the west side of Dogue Run 13–14 Jan. 1762 for £165 (Fairfax County Deeds, Book E–1, 22–30, Vi Microfilm). Adjoining this land on the north was another 135-acre tract that GW had bought from Ashford’s brother John 29–30 Jan. 1761 for £150 (Fairfax County Deeds, Book D–1, 822–27, Vi Microfilm). Both tracts lay on the east side of the land that GW purchased from Simon Pearson on 14 Feb. 1763, giving him a solid 448–acre section between Dogue Run and the main road from Alexandria to Colchester. Kelly later in the year became overseer of the Dogue Run plantation (see entry for 31 Aug. 1762).

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