George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 2 May 1769]

2. Got to Eltham—after foundg. my Horse.

GW crossed the Pamunkey at Sweet Hall as he had during the previous year, but since his last trip the name of the ferry there had changed from Claiborne’s to Ruffin’s. Robert Ruffin, a wealthy planter formerly of Dinwiddie County, had recently acquired Sweet Hall and the ferry from Claiborne and had moved there with his wife Mary, daughter of John and Mary Clack and widow of Col. John Lightfoot (d. 1751) of Brunswick County (Va. Gaz., P&D, 24 Nov. 1768; P, 23 May 1777; ruffin description begins “Ruffin Family.” William and Mary Quarterly, 1st ser., 18 (1909–10): 251–58. description ends , 252). At Ruffin’s on this day GW spent 4s. for ferriages and 15s. to care for a sick horse (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 290).

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