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The Cartledge "chair" belonging to George Washington
Posted by: Ross Johnson (ID *****3290) Date: November 04, 2002 at 20:34:48
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My ancestor, Joseph Cartledge, who emigrated to the US from England in the 1830's, was a Marble cutter of considerable skill. He worked for John Struthers in Philadelphia, and carved the name WASHINGTON on the sarcophagus that George Washington's remains were placed in in 1837. He was given a chippendale chair, said to have been one of George and Martha Washington's wedding presents, by the surviving executor of the Washington estate, Lawrence Lewis. The chair went to Elmira New York as a bequest to Joseph's son, Joseph Cartledge Jr. This Joe was one of 5 boys, Stephen, John, Joseph, Cyrus, and James. Joseph Jr., Cyrus and James were in soldiers in the Civil War. If elements of this story are familiar to you, please email me at Ross54@aol.com. Thanks!


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