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Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax
 
William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
1. William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax Marker
 
Inscription. After schooling in England, George William Fairfax returned to Belvoir to live in 1746, and married Sarah Cary, also known as Sally, in 1748. They had no children. Upon his father William Fairfax's death in 1757, George William inherited Belvoir. His father's will arranged for the subdivision of his holdings and in addition to the estate grounds, George William received 3 slaves. To Sarah Cary, George William's wife, he left one young slave and her daughter. Records show that Sarah Cary was the child's Godmother.

The remainder of William Fairfax's property and slaves were willed to John Carlyle, his daughter Sarah's husband, and to his children Bryan, William Henry, and Hannah.

In 1759, George William inherited Toulston Manor in Yorkshire, England, birthplace of his father. George William and Sarah spent three years in England from 1760 to 1763 and again returned to England in 1773 to settle inheritance issues. They never returned to Belvoir.

In 1774, they arranged to sell all of their possessions. George Washington purchased many of the fine furnishings from Belvoir, including tables, chairs, rugs, window hangings, and mirrors.

After the Fairfax family moved, the house was rented by a Reverend Andrew Morton who lived there until 1783 when it was destroyed by a fire.

"It
 
William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
2. William Fairfax and His Son, George William Fairfax Marker
 
is a matter of sore regret, when I cast my eyes toward Belvoir, which I often do, to reflect that the former inhabitants of it with whom we lived in such harmonious friendship, no longer reside there, and that the ruins can only be viewed as the mementos of former pleasures."

George Washington
 
Location. 38° 40.837′ N, 77° 7.759′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Forney Loop, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located along the Belvoir and Potomac View Trail, reached from a parking area off Forney Lane, on Fort Belvoir. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairfax Family Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Fairfax Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery and Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life at Belvoir (about 400 feet away); The Neighborhood (about 400 feet away); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (about 400 feet away); The Fairfax Family (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on Fort Belvoir, an active U.S. Army installation. Please check the links below for site access information.
 
George William Fairfax Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
3. George William Fairfax
 

 
Also see . . .  Access to Fort Belvoir. Details concerning access to the Belvoir site. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Sarah Fairfax, wife of George Wm. Fairfax Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
4. Sarah Fairfax, wife of George Wm. Fairfax
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,076 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   2. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
 
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