John Washington came from England to Virginia in the mid 1600’s. (KL) During his stay, he fell in love. He married Anne Pope in 1657. They had three children together which were Lawrence Washington, born 1659, John Washington II, born 1661, and Anne Washington, born 1662. (Wikipedia.org) He was granted land by King Henry the VIII. John is the great grandfather of George Washington, the very first president of the United States. (KL) George’s father was Augustine Washington. He owned slaves, built mills, and grew tobacco. He also had interest in opening up an iron mine but never did. George’s mother’s name was Mary Ball. (KL) She was Augustine’s second wife. They Married on March 6, 1731 when she was 23 years old. (Wikipedia.org) George was born February 22, 1732 in West Moreland Virginia. They moved to Little Hunting Creek Plantation in 1735, later named Mount Vernon. Washington’s family moved again in 1738 to Ferry Farm. (KL) Very little was known about Washington’s child hood. That led biographers to fill in the gaps by making up fake stories. Such as: George chopping down the cherry tree and confessing and George throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac River. Neither of those ever happened. What is known of Georges Childhood is he was homeschooled, he studied with local church pastors, and when he was eleven his father died leaving his brother Lawrence to help raise him. (KL) Lawrence Married Anne Fairfax in July of 1743. (Wikipedia.org) Anne was the daughter of Colonial William Fairfax. Under Colonial Williams, Lawrence learned the finer aspects of colonial culture values. When he was sixteen he went with a surveying group to Western Virginia. July of 1752 Lawrence died of tuberculosis. (KL) After Lawrence’s death, George Washington inherited Mount Vernon. Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Robert Dinwiddie, sent George to tell the French to get off the British lands. The French just flat out said no! Dinwiddie then sent...
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