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Family of Wealth

George Washington was born in February 1732 in Westmoreland County of rural Virginia to Augustine Washington and Mary Ball. Augustine's first wife died, and he married Mary the year before George's birth. Augustine was schooled in England and kept busy managing his Virginia estates. George's ancestors received lands in England from King Henry VIII (1491–1547; reigned 1509–47), and they held various public offices there. However, political turmoil in England led Augustine's grandfather, John Washington (1631–1677), to immigrate to the Virginia colony in 1657. An ambitious man, John Washington acquired considerable land, built sawmills, and opened iron mines. John sent Augustine to England for his schooling. Augustine had four children with his first wife and six with Mary. He died in April 1743 when young George was just eleven. George's oldest half brother, Lawrence Washington, became his guardian. Being the eldest son, Lawrence inherited the well-developed estate of Little...

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