George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 April 1770]

23. Began to Plant Corn in the Neck—at Muddy hole, and at Doeg Run.

Mr. Ball, Talbot & Grinnel were levalling the Mill Race. His other hand went for their Tools to Cameron. T. Ball came this Aftern.

Thomas Bird set to work on the foundation of the Mill at 1/3 pr. day.

grinnel: This name does not appear in GW’s ledger for this year and may be a garbling of the last name of Ball’s helper, John Grinstead. t. ball: The John Ball who settled in Fauquier County in 1771 had a younger brother Thomas (snoddy description begins Mrs. Allen B. Snoddy. “Ball Notes.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 23 (1915): 308–9. description ends , 308; see main entry for 30 Dec. 1769).

Thomas Byrd was paid £1 1s. 3d. in May for his work at the mill, and during the summer he received £3 15s. 6d. more for helping to harvest GW’s wheat (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 321).

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