George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 26 March 1768]

26. Went Fox huntg.—but started nothing. Mr. Lawe. Washington came here & Miss Ramsay in the Afternoon.

mr. lawe. washington: probably Lawrence Washington (1728–c.1809), usually called “of Chotank,” the son of John and Mary Massey Washington and first cousin to Lund Washington. His home was on a bluff of the Potomac River near Chotank Creek. This Lawrence was one of the two Chotank cousins remembered in GW’s will as “acquaintances and friends of my Juvenile years” (writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 37:286; eubank description begins H. Ragland Eubank. Touring Historyland: The Authentic Guide Book of Historic Northern Neck of Virginia, the Land of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Colonial Beach, Va., 1934. description ends , 18–20). Lund Washington also had a brother named Lawrence (1740–1799), who may be the one referred to here.

William Ramsay (1716–1785) and his wife Ann McCarty Ramsay (c.1730–1785) had two sons and five daughters. “Miss Ramsay” is probably the eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who appears in the diaries variously as “Betsy,” “Betcy,” and “Betty.”

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