George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 30 September 1788]

Tuesday the 30th. Thermometer at 70 in the Morng. 65 at Noon and 63 at Night. Cloudy Morning with the wind fresh from the Northward. Raining more or less all last Night.

Rid to the Plantations at the Ferry, French’s & Dogue run.

At the first—The Six plows were at Work and all the hands of both Plantations about the fodder which would be all down but not dry enough to secure to day.

At Frenchs—The Plows and other force, were at the Ferry as above.

At Dogue run—Seven plows were at Work. The other hands with those from Muddy hole were about the fodder which would be all down to day—but not got in.

A Mr. Cary (who came here to enquire into his right to Lands under the claim of one Williams his father in law) dined here and returned to Alexandria afterwards.

John Cary (Carey) married Elizabeth Williams, daughter of John Williams, in Lancaster County 23 Aug. 1785. John Williams had served under GW as a lieutenant in the Virginia Regiment Sept. 1755 to June 1757 but had apparently died without receiving his share of veterans’ lands. Cary did not succeed in making good his father-in-law’s claim until 12 Dec. 1792 when the Virginia Assembly passed an act authorizing warrants to be issued to Cary and to Williams’s unmarried daughter Martha for 1,000 acres each (HENING description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends , 13:610).

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