Samuel Washington

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"Harewood," Samuel Washington house, designed by John Ariss in 1770, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1930s

Samuel Washington (1734–1781) was a brother of United States President George Washington. He was born on November 27, 1734 [O.S. November 16, 1734], at Pope's Creek, Wakefield, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia.[1] He died at age 46 on September 26, 1781, three weeks before the decisive Franco-American victory of Yorktown, his probable cause of death was from tuberculosis, or a similarly contagious and recurring respiratory disease.[2]

Samuel served in numerous posts in Stafford County, Virginia, including justice of the peace, county magistrate, county sheriff, militia officer, and parish vestryman. He resided at Mount Vernon from 1735 to 1738.

He had Harewood, a Georgian-style mansion near then Charles Town, Virginia, designed by the renowned architect John Ariss in 1770. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[3]

Marriages and children[edit]

Samuel married five times[4] and had nine children:

  • Jane Champe (1724–1755)
  • Mildred Thornton (about 1741–1763) – possibly died during or shortly after childbirth. Her cousin, also named Mildred Thornton, married Samuel's younger brother Charles.
    • Thornton Washington (1760–1787)
    • Tristram Washington (born 1763) birth date is wrong, Samuel's third wife Lucy died in 1762
  • Lucy Chapman (1743–1762) – died during childbirth
    • Infant Washington (1762–1762)
  • Anne Steptoe (1737–1777)
  • Susannah Perrin (1740–1783)
    • John Perrin Washington (1781–1784)



  1. ^ "Col Samuel Walter Washington". GENi genealogy website. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "A proud Washington descendant". Bedinger Family History and Genealogy. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Ambler, Charles Henry. "George Washington and the West". Historic Pittsburgh Text Collection. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved September 20, 2013.