George Washington's Family: The Washington Family

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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The Washington family was very prominent, known as one of Virginia’s first families who came to the new world with a land grant from King Henry VIII. Washington was the eldest son of Augustine and Mary Washington. He had six brothers and sisters, all of whom survived into adulthood. His father, Augustine, was a diligent tobacco farmer who gained much land, labor, and a good deal of wealth. When Washington was born, the family lived on Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County, but in 1735 the family moved up the Potomac to Little Hunting Creek Plantation, a family home that came to be known as Mount Vernon. The family moved again in 1738 to Ferry Farm, a plantation
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