The first president of the United States was born at Bridges Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia, on the 22nd (Old Style 11th) of February 1732. The genealogical researches of Henry E. Waters seem to have established the connection of the family with the Washingtons of Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, England.
The brothers John and Lawrence Washington appear in Virginia in 1658. John took up land at Bridges Creek, became a member of the House of Burgesses in 1666, and died in 1676. His eldest son, Lawrence, married Mildred Warner, by whom he had three children -- John, Augustine (1694-1743) and Mildred. Augustine Washington married twice.
By the first marriage, with Jane Butler, there were four children, two of whom, Lawrence and Augustine, grew to manhood. By the second marriage, in 1730, with Mary Ball, descendant of a family which migrated to Virginia in 1657, there were six children -- George, Betty, Samuel, John, Charles and Mildred. Upon the death of the father, Lawrence inherited the estate at Hunting Creek, on the Potomac, later known as Mount Vernon, and George the estate on the Rappahannock, nearly opposite Fredericksburg, where his father usually lived.