George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 20 February 1773]

20. Rid in the Forenoon to the Mill & Mill Plantation. Mr. Thomas Hite, & Mr. Wm. Shaw dind here, & went away after it.

Thomas Hite (1750–1779) son of Jacob Hite (d. 1778) and his first wife, Catherine O’Bannion Hite, lived in Berkeley County, Va. He was a justice of the county and a member of the House of Burgesses and later the House of Delegates until his death. In 1776 Hite was one of the trustees for the new town of Warm Springs in Berkeley County. He was married to his stepsister, Frances Madison Beale (DU BELLET description begins Louise Pecquet du Bellet. Some Prominent Virginia Families. 4 vols. Lynchburg, Va., 1907. description ends , 4:336–50; Tyler’s Mag., 3:49–50). In 1770 GW had been involved in a legal dispute with Hite (William Grayson to GW, 23 Sept. 1770, PHi: Gratz Collection).

Shaw had inspected 200 barrels of flour for GW on 16 Jan. and 137 on 10 Feb. for fees totaling £2 2s. 1½d. (General Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 58).

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