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Grays Corner in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Washington’s Mother

Washington’s Mother Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Washington’s Mother Marker
Inscription.  At Sandy Point, seven and a half miles east, Mary Ball, Washington’s Mother, spent her youth in the home of her guardian, George Eskridge. There she was married to Augustine Washington, March, 1731. She is supposed to have named her eldest son for George Eskridge.
Erected 1938 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number JT-4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWomen. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1731.
Location. 38° 2.604′ N, 76° 37.448′ W. Marker is in Grays Corner, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Cople Highway (Virginia Route 202) and Sandy Point Road (County Route 604) when traveling east on Cople Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hague VA 22469, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yeocomico Church (here, next to this marker); McCoy Revolutionary Soldiers (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Zion Baptist Church
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(approx. 1.1 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 2 miles away); Kinsale (approx. 2 miles away); Richard Henry Lee’s Grave (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Burnt House Field (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lee Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grays Corner.
Also see . . .  Mary Ball Washington. Wikipedia entry. “[Her husband] Augustine Washington died in 1743. Unlike most widows in Virginia at the time, Mary Ball Washington never remarried. She lived to see her son, George Washington, inaugurated as President in 1789. Washington’s relationship with his mother was forever strained. Although she was by no means poor, she regularly complained to outsiders that she was destitute and neglected by her children, much to George’s embarrassment.” (Submitted on September 12, 2009.) 
Washington’s Mother and Yeocomico Church Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Washington’s Mother and Yeocomico Church Markers
Mary Ball Washington (1708–1789) image. Click for full size.
Oil by Robert Edge Pine, 1786
3. Mary Ball Washington (1708–1789)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,350 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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