George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 17 September 1770]

17. Went up to Court, and returnd in the Evening with Mr. Nash & Mr. Peachy.

The court met 17–20 Sept. (Fairfax County Order Book for 1770–72, 78–97, Vi Microfilm). In Alexandria on this day Hector Ross put some of John Ballendine’s property up for sale to the highest bidder to settle debts that Ballendine owed him. To be sold were 17 slaves, including 9 skilled craftsmen, and a tract of about 400 acres of land near the Little Falls of the Potomac (Va. Gaz., P&D, 30 Aug. 1770).

mr. nash: probably one of the several Nashes living in Richmond County at this time, but he could be Col. John Nash, Jr., a prominent citizen of Prince Edward County (richmond county description begins “Marriages, Births and Deaths in Richmond County, Extracts from North Farnham Parish Register Kept in the Clerk’s Office at Warsaw.” William and Mary Quarterly, 1st ser., 13 (1904–5): 129–32, 182–92. description ends , 186–87; henneman description begins J. B. Henneman. “Trustees of Hampden-Sidney College.” Parts 1 and 2. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 6 (1898–99): 174–84, 288–96, 358–64; 7 (1899–1900): 30–38. description ends , 6:175). mr. peachy: probably Col. William Peachey (1729–1802) of Richmond County, but possibly one of his brothers: Samuel Peachey (b. 1732) of Prince William or Essex County; Thomas Griffin Peachey (1734–1810), clerk of Amherst County; or LeRoy Peachey (b. 1736), clerk of Richmond County. William Peachey had been a captain under GW in the Virginia Regiment and was now adjutant general of militia for the colony’s Middle District, the area between the James and Rappahannock rivers east of the Blue Ridge (kemper description begins Charles E. Kemper, ed. “Notes to Council Journals.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 33 (1925): 25–46. description ends , 38–41 n.33; Va. Gaz., P&D, 11 May 1769; R, 15 Feb. 1770; and R, 14 Feb. 1771).

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