Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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Mrs. Washington, Bushfield


Hannah Bushrod Washington, daughter of John Bushrod of "Bushfield," Westmoreland County, Va. She married John Augustine Washington ( 1736-1787), brother of George Washington.
Bushrod W ashington ( 1762-1829), son of John Augustine and Hannah Washington. By the terms of George Washington's will, he inherited Mount Vernon following the death of Martha Washington. He was named an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court by President John Adams.
Bushfield was the home of John Augustine and Hannah Bushrod Washington. It consisted of 1500 acres on Nomini Creek, Westmoreland County.
This might be Mrs. Mildred Washington, first wife of Thornton Washington. Thornton Washington was the son of George Washington's younger bother, Samuel. Mrs. Thornton Washington's second child was John T. A. Washington, born in 1783.

To Frances Bassett

My dear Fanny - Mount Vernon August the 7th 1784

Tho' I have never been alone since you left this, - yet I cannot say but I have missed your company very much - The General is still determined to set out the first of next month, over the mountains 1 I have not heard anything from my Brother, 2 whether he will be up before the General goes or not I expect to come down to see him sometime in September - I shall not fix the time till I hear from you or him -

Mrs Stuart is getting better 3 your stays and other things came from Annapolis the Sunday after you left this - I have payed Mrs Charles Stuart4 the money she payed, the mantua maker: £ 3.2.6 I will keep them or bring down as you think you may want them - I think Miss Ramsay5 was married before you left this - we have nothing new that I hear off.

My little Nelly 6 is getting well and Tub 7 is the same clever boy you left him - He sometimes says why don't you send for Cousin - you know he never makes himself unhappy about absent friends.

Remember me to all Friends with you, the General had a letter from your pappa 8 by the last post that never mentioned you or any other person. The letter was dated at Richmond I should have been glad to have heard where you was -

If you should see my Brother 9 Remember me to him and family, my love to your Brothers 10 - My compliments to your pappa in which the General joins me -

I am my dear Fanny your most affectionate

Martha Washington


On September 1, 1784 George Washington set out on visit to his "landed property west of the Apalachian Mountains." He was accompanied by Dr. James Craik, his son William, Bushrod Washington, and the servants. Diaries, 4:1.


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