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An Irish-born tailor, Boa was indentured to George Washington in 1786.1 Later in life, Bowe ran a shop located at Prince and Washington Streets in Alexandria. Among the personal effects sold after his death were "merchandize [sic] of various kinds, kitchen furniture," and two slaves.2 Bowe died in 1798 and was buried at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.3


1. "4 June 1786," The Diaries of George Washington, 4:340 & 340n; See entry dated "10 June 1786," inGeorge Washington Cash Memoranda, Dec. 1784-July 1786 (original manuscript, Library of Congress; bound photostat, A-55, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association), 29.

2. Quoted in Michael T. Miller, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia, 1780-1820 (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1991), 1:37-8.

3. Mollie Somerville, Washington Walked Here: Alexandria on the Potomac, Midway between Mount Vernon and The White House (Washington, DC: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1970), 110.

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