West Ford (c. 1784-1863), American farmer and founder of Gum Spring, Virginia, is said by some to be the black son of George Washington. His mother was Venus, a mulatto slave owned by Washington's brother. Ford was the only slave on the plantation that was freed, maybe because he was a blood relative fathered by one of the Washington men. By 1860 he was the second richest free black person in Fairfax County.
I have a slight obsession -ok, not just slight - with stationary. Saw a post about this company at the National Stationary Show (I know, roll your eyes - but you are jealous aren't you). LOVE these cards!!! Wish it were my bday soon - they'd be the top of the list!