George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 10 December 1770]

10. Went up to the little Falls to Balendines Sale. Returnd in the Evening.

John Ballendine was today attempting to satisfy all his creditors by leasing his enterprises at the falls and selling much of his other property, including about 100 hogsheads of tobacco, a large amount of wheat and corn, 50 head of sheep, one set each of blacksmith’s and cooper’s tools, some household furniture, 1,049 acres of land in Prince William County, and 91 acres in Fauquier County. However, he did not succeed in selling everything on this day, nor did all his creditors appear at the falls today to settle their accounts as he had requested, and a second sale and meeting of the creditors had to be called for 16 May 1771 (Va. Gaz., R, 29 Nov. 1770 and 2 May 1771).

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