George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 24 June 1768]

24. Rid to Muddy hole, Doeg Run, and the Mill before Dinner, & was sent for by express to come to Alexa. to settle and Arbitrate an Acct. between Mr. George West & Mr. Chs. Alexander wt. Mr. Thomson Mason & Mr. Ellzey.

George West (d. 1786), son of Hugh and Sybil West and brother of John West, Jr., was a Fairfax County surveyor. He married Ann Alexander, who was a first cousin of Charles Alexander (1737–1806) of Preston in Fairfax County. Charles Alexander married Frances Brown (d. 1823), daughter of Richard Brown of Maryland.

William Ellzey (d. 1796), a son of Lewis Ellzey by his first wife and thus a half brother to Thomasin Ellzey of Truro Parish, married Frances Westwood and lived in the neighborhood of Dumfries, where he practiced law until about 1773. By 1774 he was living on his father’s land in Loudoun County. GW sought his legal help in several disputes in the late 1760s.

Jacky Custis rode up to Alexandria with GW this afternoon.

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