Thrapston's Washington Connection
Sir John Washington of Thrapston
Sir John ( c1590 – May 1668) was a great, great, great uncle of George Washington (1732 – 1799) the first President of the United States of America.
He lived at Montague House in Chancery Lane, Thrapston, and was buried on 18 May 1688 in the churchyard of St James.
Sir John married his first wife, Mary Curtis from Islip, on 14 June 1621 at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, Northamptonshire. Mary died on 1 January 1625 and is buried in Islip churchyard.
Dorothy Kirkby (nee Pargiter)
Sir John married his second wife, Dorothy Kirkby (nee Pargiter) c1625, and she died in Oct 1678. Dorothy was buried at Fordham, Cambridgeshire.
Reverend Lawrence Washington
Sir John was the older brother of Reverend Lawrence Washington who married Amphyllis Twigden. They had two sons, John and Lawrence, who emigrated to Virginia.
John the emigrant, was the great grandfather of George Washington.
The “Stars and Stripes” National Flag of the United States of America is said to have its origins in the Washington family arms. They are also reflected in the town’s civic badge and the flag of Thrapston.
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