John Washington (c1631-1677) was born circa 12 February 1631 in Purleigh, Essex, England to Lawrence Washington (1602-1652) and Amphyllis Twigden (c1602-1655) and died 16 September 1677 Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States of Suicide. He married Anne Pope (1635-c1669) 1 December 1658 in The Cliff's, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States. Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s.


Offspring of Lawrence Washington (1602-1652) and Amphyllis Twigden (c1602-1655)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Washington (c1628-1641)
Martha Washington (c1629)
Lawrence Washington (c1629-c1657)
Margaret Washington (c1631)
John Washington (c1631-1677) 12 February 1631 Purleigh, Essex, England 16 September 1677 Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States Anne Pope (1635-c1669)
Lawrence Washington (c1635-c1676) 1676 Essex County, Virginia, United States Mary Jones (c1640-bef1668)
Jane Jennings (-)
Elizabeth Washington (c1636-1636)

Biography details

John Washington was an English Virginia planter and politician. He was the great-grandfather of George Washington, first president of the United States of America.

Washington, son of Lawrence, was born in Purleigh, Essex, England around 1631 and emigrated to the Colony of Virginia in 1656. He had been second officer on a merchant ship that foundered in the Potomac River, but left after the ship was refloated.[1]

Washington married Anne Pope (1635-c1669), daughter of plantation owner Nathaniel Pope, in 1658. Their wedding gift from Pope consisted of 700 acres (2.8 km2) on Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County of Virginia's Northern Neck.[1]

Washington became a successful planter. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.[1] During the events leading to Bacon's Rebellion, he was appointed a Colonel in the Virginia militia and led a company of men to back a group of Marylanders during a supposed parley. Six chiefs of various tribes were killed, and retaliations increased.[2] He was criticized for this by William Berkeley, but received popular support.[3]

The local parish of the Anglican Church (the established church in Virginia, and thereby a tax district of the county) was changed to Washington in his honor.[1]

His brother-in-law, Christopher Gist, was the great-grandfather of General Mordecai Gist.

He is buried along with his wife in Thrapston churchyard, Northamptonshire.


Offspring of John Washington and Anne Pope (1635-c1669)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lawrence Washington (1659-1698) September 1659 Bridges Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States February 1698 Virginia, United States Mildred Warner (1671-1701)
John Washington (c1661-1698) 1661 Bridges Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States 22 February 1698 Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States Ann Wickliffe (-c1704)
Anne Pope Washington (c1663-bef1697)


John emigrated to the Virginia colonies in 1656 aboard the Seahorse of London, on a trading venture. The ship was very heavy with tabacco, it struck an uncharted shoal while sailingdown the Potomac River. At about the same time, as storm aroseand sunk the ship, ruining the valuable cargo of tabacco. The ship sunk near The Cliffs, a Plantation owned by Nathaniel Pope; father of Anne, who would later marry John. After the marriage of John and Anne, Anne's father gave them agift of 700 acres of land on Mattox Creek. During John's life, he was active in local politics and had even served in the Virginia House of Burgess. By the time of John's death, he had accuired much land and ownedmore than 8,500 acres. John was instrumental in passing laws banning mulatos. He believed that it was worth paying tax for superior tea.


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