LT Colonel John Washington, Sr

Brief Life History of John

When LT Colonel John Washington, Sr was born on 1 February 1634, in Purleigh, Essex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Rev. Lawrence Washington II, was 31 and his mother, Amphyllis Roades Twigden, was 33. He married Anne Pope on 1 December 1658, in Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Purleigh, Essex, England in 1633. He registered for military service in 1676. In 1656, his occupation is listed as ship merchant. He died on 16 September 1677, in Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America, at the age of 43, and was buried in Latanes, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States.

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LT Colonel John Washington, Sr
Anne Pope
Marriage: 1 December 1658
Lawrence Washington IV
Capt. John Washington Jr.
Anne Pope Washington

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  • John Washington’s marriages
  • John Washington, "Find A Grave Index"
  • John Washington in entry for Martha Washington, "England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000"

World Events (1)

1642 · The English Civil War

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.

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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John Washington Sr. is the great-grandfather of George Washington, the first president of the United States. John Sr married Ann Pope and they both immigrated from England in 1657 and established the …

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