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Edy (later known as Edy Jones, b. 1773)

Edy was mentioned in the February 1786 list of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon, compiled by George Washington. On that list, Edy is noted as being thirteen years of age and denoted as being one of the "labouring women." Edy was married to Davy, a carpenter who worked at the Mansion House Farm, and was most likely the daughter of Flora. The historical record provides a few clues as to Edy's mother's identity. Since Edy was fairly young when the 1786 list was compiled, she would most likely have worked and lived on the farm where her family lived. In addition, since Edy was a George Washington-owned slave, her mother also had to have been one as well (rather than a Custis-estate dower slave). Lastly, Flora was the only non-dower female slave at Union/Ferry Farm in 1786.1

While enslaved at Mount Vernon, Edy had two children, Sarah (b. 1793) and Nancy (b. 1798). After Edy was freed, she gave birth to several other children, including David Jones (b. 1804), Joseph Jones (b. 1805), Margaret Jones (b. 1808), and Levi Jones (b. between 1810 and 1813, in Arlington, Virginia).2

Notes
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"[Diary entry: 18 February 1786]," Founders Online, National Archives.

2. "19 November 1834," Fairfax County Register of Free Blacks, Book II, #267.