Documents

List of Slaves owned by John Augustine, page 1

List of Slaves owned by John Augustine, page 1

This is a two-page list of slaves owned by John Augustine, the master of Venus. The document is dated March 1783.  Venus was a housemaid on the Bushfield Plantation and her mother, Jenny, was a seamstress.  See second page for their names. Info. from the MLVA records.

Page 2 List of Slaves by J. A. Washington, 1783

Page 2 List of Slaves by J. A. Washington, 1783

Venus and her mother (Jenny) names appear below. MLV put in the writing next to the names. Data from the MVLA.

West Ford's Property

West Ford's Property

West Ford was willed 160 acres of land adjoining Mount Vernon in 1829, making him the richest black man in Virgina at that time.  He later sold his land and purchased 214 acres adjacent to it which he later divided into four, 52-3/4 acres for his children. After the Civil War his property became a refuge and depot for freed slaves. The area is known today as Gum Springs and West Ford as the father of Gum Springs (I Cannot Tell a Lie, Chapters 11, 16, 21).

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

This page shows that  West Ford death, who he was, and the burial grounds of the servants. The Ford family's oral history was that he was placed in the old tomb of George Washington. There is also a notation that his wife, Priscella was buried there also. From the Mount Vernon archives.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

This page of burial records comes from 1929 minutes p. 46 about the graveyard which was used by General Washington for his slaves at Mount Vernon. It delves into how the markers were worn and broken and how they were breaking ground to set the tablet for the stone made of Georgian marble.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Description taken from records at Mount Veron that George Ford was there in 1929 when the slave memorial marker was place in slave cemetery. They stated that George Ford (son of William Ford and grandson of West Ford) was born in a room over the spinning house.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Entry from Mount Vernon records on slave burials that George Ford visited the plantation in 1929 when two workers were placing the memorial tablet.  The workers stated that Ford told them that he was born above the spinning room. From the MVLA archives.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

This is a continuing entry from page 3. It states that George Ford told the two workers at the slave cemetery where the tablet was laid that the burying ground used to have a rail fence around it and that Mr. Dodge (a caretaker) tore it down.

Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Form detailing the enlistment of Major George Ford. U.S., 10th Calvary, Returns from Regulary Army Calvary Regiments 1866-1916.

Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Copy of Major Ford's enlistment contract when he joined the 10th Calvary.