Colonel John Washington 
- Born: Dec 1631, Purleigh, Essex, England
- Marriage (1): Anne Pope 
- Marriage (2): Anne Gerrard 
- Marriage (3): Frances Gerrard 
- Died: 1677, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia, British America at age 46
John Washington (c. 1631-1677) was an English Virginia planter and politician . He was the immigrant ancestor and great-grandfather of George Washington , first president of the United States of America .
Early life and family
Washington, son of Lawrence and Amphillis Twigden, was born in Purleigh , Essex , England </wiki/England> around 1631 and emigrated to the Colony of Virginia in 1656. He had been second officer on a merchant ship that foundered in the Potomac River , but left after the ship was refloated.
Arriving in the Colony of Virginia
He first came to Virginia in 1656 and stayed at the house of Col. Nathaniel Pope, at the age of twenty-five he fell in love with the daughter of his host, Anne Pope. Washington married Anne Pope, daughter of plantation owner Nathaniel Pope, in 1658 and had three children, Laurence Washington, John Washington and Anne Washington. Their wedding gift from Pope consisted of 700 acres (2.8 km2) on Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County of Virginia 's Northern Neck .
Washington became a successful planter. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses . During the events leading to Bacon's Rebellion , he was appointed a Colonel in the Virginia militia and led a company of men to back a group of Marylanders during a supposed parley. Six chiefs of various tribes were killed, and retaliations increased. He was criticized for this by William Berkeley , but received popular support.
The local parish of the Anglican Church (the established church in Virginia, and thereby a tax district of the county) was changed to Washington in his honor.
He is buried along with his wife at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County Virginia. His vault is the largest in the small family burial plot.
Children with Anne Pope.
Lawrence Washington 1659,
John Washington II 1661,
Anne Washington 1662.
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John married Anne Pope  [MRIN: 551618024].
John next married Anne Gerrard  [MRIN: 551618026].
John next married Frances Gerrard  [MRIN: 551618025].