Irene Washington

Female10 August 1899–27 August 1993

Brief Life History of Irene

When Irene Washington was born on 10 August 1899, in Muldoon, Fayette, Texas, United States, her father, George Washington, was 42 and her mother, Mary Ann Harrison, was 35. She married James Alexander Simpson in 1920. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States in 1940 and San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 27 August 1993, in Port Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Alexander Simpson
Irene Washington
Marriage: 1920
Bessie Simpson
Woodrow Simpson
Victor Simpson

Sources (5)

  • Irene Washington in household of George Washington, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Irene Simpson, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Irene Washington in household of George Washington, "United States Census, 1910"

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    World Events (8)

    1900 · Gold for Cash!

    Age 1

    This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

    1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

    Age 2

    "Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful ""oil boom""."


    Age 28

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

    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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