Social Studies 8-6
Born February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, he was the first son of
his father Augustine's second marriage; his mother was the former Mary
Ball of Epping Forest. When George was about three, his family moved to
Little Hunting Creek on the Potomac, then to Ferry Farm opposite
Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock in King George County.
In the interim, the powerful Fairfax family of neighboring Belvoir
introduced him to the accomplishments and appropriateness of mannered wealth
and, in 1748, provided him his first adventure. That year Lord Fairfax
dispatched him with a party that spent a month surveying Fairfax lands
in the still-wild Shenandoah. In the expedition, he began to appreciate
the uses and value of land, an appreciation that grew the following year
with his appointment as Culpeper County surveyor, certified by the
College of William and Mary.