George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 9 March 1771]

9. Finished Ditto for Mr. Marcus Stephenson—who was to be the bearer of them. Mr. Dick & the two Mr. Nurses dined at my Brothers today.

Marcus Stephenson of Frederick County was a half brother of William Crawford. Mr. Dick is probably Charles Dick of Fredericksburg, who owned land on Patterson’s Creek in Hampshire County (Va. Gaz., P&D, 17 Oct. 1771). the two mr. nurses: James Nourse (1731–1784) and his son Joseph Nourse (1754–1841), who lived at Piedmont, about two miles east of Harewood. James Nourse was born in Herefordshire, Eng., and in 1753 married Sarah Fouace in London. They left London with their nine children in 1769 and settled at Piedmont a year later (LYLE description begins Maria Cook Nourse Lyle. “James Nourse of Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 8 (1900–1901): 199–202. description ends , 8–10, 24).

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