George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 7 October 1768]

7. Came home in the Morning & remaind. Mr. Townd. Dade (of Chotk.) came here.

This was probably Townshend (Townsend) Dade (d. 1781), originally of the Chotank area of Stafford County. He had by his first wife, Elizabeth Alexander Dade, five children who lived to adulthood, including Elizabeth Dade (b. 1734), who in 1751 married GW’s Chotank cousin Lawrence Washington (1728–c.1813). Dade next married Parthenia Alexander Massey, widow of Dade Massey, Jr. (died c.1734); she bore Dade at least three children, including a son named Townshend Dade (born c.1740). There were also several other Townshend Dades in the Chotank neighborhood at this time.

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