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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 years old, his father decided to move to the 260- acre Ferry
Farm, on some of Augustine Washington’s land on the Rappahannock River across from
the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Most of the work done around the eight room house
and in the fields was done by slaves. Augustine provided food, clothing, and homes for
these people, but he did not have to pay them anything.


Soon after George and his family moved to Ferry Farm, George began his schooling, which
consisted of learning to read and write and do arithmetic. Arithmetic was George’s
favorite subject. He wrote his lessons in ink on heavy paper. His mother then sewed the
paper into notebooks. George studied enough history and geography to know many things
about the outside world. Altogether George had no more than seven or eight years of
schooling. By the time he ended his schoolwork at the age of fourteen or fifteen, George
could keep business accounts, write clear letters and do simple figuring. George’s
father had probably planned to send him to a school in England because there were few
schools in Virginia, but Augustine Washington died when George was only eleven and the
plans did not happen. After his father’s death George’s mother did not like
to have him away from home for long. George was to inherit Ferry Farm when he reached the
age of twenty-one. Meanwhile, George, his younger sister and brothers, and the farm, were
left in the care of his mother.


At the age of twenty, George, who had no experience or training as a soldier, applied to
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