Elizabeth Wirt Washington

6 June 1884–21 March 1993 (Age 108)
Westmoreland, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Elizabeth Wirt

When Elizabeth Wirt Washington was born on 6 June 1884, in Westmoreland, Virginia, United States, her father, George Douglas Washington, was 29 and her mother, Agnes Wirt, was 19. She had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with Charles Wellford Bowie. She lived in Washington District, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States for about 20 years. She died on 21 March 1993, in Warsaw, Richmond, Virginia, United States, at the age of 108, and was buried in Oak Grove, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States.

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Charles Wellford Bowie
Elizabeth Wirt Washington
Agnes Wirt Bowie
Sophie Corbin Bowie
Eugene Washington Bowie
Charles Douglas Bowie
Elizabeth Nelson Bowie

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World Events (8)

Age 2
Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Age 10
On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment
Age 29
The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Washington in Durham, possibly also from Washington in Sussex. The Durham placename derives from an Old English personal name Hwassa, Hwæssa + the Old English connective -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. In North America, this surname is by far most common among African Americans (see 2 below).African American: from the personal name Washington (or George Washington), adopted in honor of George Washington, the 1st president of the US; or adoption of the surname in 1 above, in most cases probably for the same reason.History: George Washington (1732–99), 1st president of the US (1789–97), was born at Bridges Creek, VA. His great-grandfather had emigrated from Dillicar in Westmorland in 1658. George Washington was a slaveowner, but he became troubled with the institution of slavery. Shortly before his death he decided that his slaves have to be freed after the death of his wife. — With the passage of time, the surname Washington has come to be borne by more African Americans (around 90% of all bearers) than English-Americans. A prominent example was the educator Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), born a slave in VA, who adopted his surname from his stepfather, Washington Ferguson.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (9)

  • Elizabeth W Bowie in household of Charles W Bowie, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Elizabeth Washington in entry for George Bowie and Marie Miller, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"
  • Elizabeth Bowie in entry for Charles Welford Bowie, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

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