George Washington

George Washington
George Washington

George Washington's family and the Woodford family are  connected by the marriage of Ursula Woodford (c1519-c1597 or 1599) to Walter Light (1520-1597) of Radley, Warwickshire in about 1546.

Their daughter, Elizabeth Light, married Robert Washington who was the great x 4 grandfather of George Washington.

Robert Washington was the grandson of Thomas Woodford of Brightwell, Bucks.



Ursula Woodford (c1519-c1597 or 1599) was a daughter of Thomas Woodford of Brightwell, Bucks and his wife Elizabeth Blount of Iver, Bucks.  They had at least eleven children, possibly thirteen.

Ursula married Walter Light (1520-1597) of Radley, Warwickshire in about 1546. 

Elizabeth Light was born to them in 1547.  She married Robert Washington of Sulgrave, Northants., who had been born at Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire in 1544.   He died on 10 March 1623.  Elizabeth died before March 1599 at Radway, Warks.

Robert and Elizabeth's son Lawrence Washington (1568-1616) married Margaret Butler (1568-1632).  Their son, Lawrence Washington (1601-1652) married Amphyllis Twigdon (1601-1654), and their son John Washington of Sulgrave (1623-1676) married (secondly) Anne Pope who died 1667. 

John Washington left for Virginia in 1656.   He had his wife Anne had a son, also called Lawrence Washington who married Mildred Warner

Augustine Washington (1693-1773), the son of Lawrence Washington and Mildred Warner, married Mary Ball, daughter of Major Caleb Butler JP. (1708-1789).  Their son was GEORGE WASHINGTON.

Sulgrave Hall
Sulgrave Hall
Outline descent of George Washington and Genersal William Woodforde from Sir Ralph Woodford of Ashby Folvlle
Outline descent of George Washington and Genersal William Woodforde from Sir Ralph Woodford of Ashby Folvlle

Sources:

Wharton, Anne Hollingsworth, Ancestral Homes of Noted Americans, 1915.
Nichols, John, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire, 1798.
Harleian Society's Visitation of Buckinghamshire.

See also this page on General William Woodford.