George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 March 1771]

23. Mr. Boucher went away after Breakfast. I rid to the Mill by Muddy hole & Doeg Run. Majr. Jenefir Mr. Saml. Gallaway & Mr. Thos. Ringold dined & lodgd here, as did Mr. B. Fairfax.

Samuel Galloway (d. 1785) was a prominent merchant from Anne Arundel County, Md. He lived with his invalid wife, Anne Chew Galloway, at Tulip Hill, an elegant house on the West River about ten miles south of Annapolis. A Quaker, he was, nevertheless, reputed to be “a man of opulence” and a great lover of horseflesh (TAYLOE description begins Benjamin Ogle Tayloe. “American Gentlemen of the Olden Time, Especially in Maryland and Virginia.” Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 2 (1920–21): 85–97. description ends , 90). Galloway’s companion on this visit was either Thomas Ringgold (c.1715–1772), of Chestertown, Md., or his son Thomas Ringgold (c.1744–1776), also of Chestertown. The elder Ringgold had married Anna Maria Earle and was an active merchant who sometimes joined Galloway as a partner in the West Indian or Portuguese trades. Both he and Galloway dealt in a wide variety of commodities including tobacco, grain, lumber, wine, and slaves (BARKER [1] description begins Charles Albro Barker. The Background of the Revolution in Maryland. New Haven, 1940. description ends , 98–100, 114, n.118). The younger Ringgold was married to Galloway’s daughter Mary and was a merchant like his father.

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