George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on Popes Creek Farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The family George was born into consisted of his father, Augustine Washington, his mother, Mary Washington, and five brothers and sisters: Betty, Samuel, John Augustine, Charles and Mildred. There were also three other older children from his father’s first marriage to Jane Butler, who died in 1729: thirteen year-old Lawrence,
twelve year-old Augustine and nine year-old Jane.
When George was almost three, his family moved to the large, undeveloped plantation that was later called Mount Vernon. George’s only playmates were his younger sister and brothers. They had no neighbors that lived close by, but George was kept busy by exploring the nearby woods and helping out with the farm work as best as he could. He saw little of his father, who made many trips to his ironworks about thirty miles away.
When George was nearly seven yea...