George Washington’s Grandfather – Lawrence Washington

George Washington’s grandather was Lawrence Washington (1659-1698).  He was born in September of 1659 at his family’s farm/plantation on Bridges Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the eldest son of John Washington and Elizabeth Pope.   He had two siblings: John (1660-1698) and Anne (1660-1697).  When he became old enough, his father sent him to England where he was educated and trained as a lawyer.  Upon the death of his father, he inherited the family’s 1,850 acre Mattox Creek plantation on the Potomac River and the family’s 2,500 Little Hunting Creek plantation (which would later be renamed Mount Vernon), also along the Potomac River.  In 1688, he married Mildred Warner, the daughter of Colonel Augustine Warner, the Speaker of the House of Burgesses and one of the most important men in Virginia.  With her, he had three children: John (1692-1746), Augustine (1694-1743), and Mildred (1698-1747).  He himself served both in the militia and as a member of the House of Burgesses.  He died at the age of 38 shortly after his daughter was born.

~ by americanpresidents on March 26, 2010.

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