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The Garsdon branch of the 
W a 5 h i n q t o n f " a m i 1 y 

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All Saints' Church, Parish of Garsdon, North Wilts, England, | 

(rebuilt, all except the tower, in 1855) I 

Within which are the Graves of Five Members of the Washington Family, j 

WITH Monuments, Inscriptions, etc. 

M,en CuntV P"W'^, ^*^ 

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The Washington Family 


From Aubrey^ s '■^Collections for IVilts.'" Garcsdcn, p. 2j. 

" Mem : That one Moody was footeman to King Henry tlie 
Eighth, who, falHng from his horse when he was hawking (I 
think on Harncslow-heath), fell with his head in the mudde, 
with which, Ijeing fat and heavy, he had been suffocated to 
death, had he not been timely relieved by his footeman Moody; 
for which service, after the dissolution of the Abbies, he gave 
him the Manour of Garesden." 

Sir Lawrence Washington purchased the Manor of Garsdon 
from the Moody family about 1640. 





The above Engraving is from a rhotogra|)h of the Coat of Arms which sur- 
mountc.l Sir Lawrence Washington's .Mural iMonumcnt in Garsdon Church, being 
a combination of the Washington Arms with that of Anne his Wife, who belonged 
to the Lewyn family, County Kent. 

D Coat of \rn[s. 


THE circulation, by the New- York Life Insurance Company, 
of the Washington chart and pamphlet, showing origin 
of the Stars and Stripes, has awakened much interest in the sub- 
ject, and has elicited from a policy-holder of the Company in 
England, Rev. Thomas Sill Gray, D. D., rector of All Saints' 
Church, Garsdon, information respecting five members of the 
Washington family who lie buried in the parish church of 
Garsdon, near Malmesbury, in North Wilts. This information 
is reprinted herewith, from the text of Rev. Dr. Gray's pam- 
phlet, together with engravings of the Garsdon Church, the 
ruined Abbey at Malmesbury, the Washington Coat of Arms 
from the Manor House at Garsdon, and the Coat of Arms from 
the mural monument to Sir Lawrence Washington in Garsdon 
Church. A genealogical chart has also been added, in which 
the descent of George Washington is shown through six gen- 
erations, also the relationship of the Washingtons buried at 

It is interesting to note the changes in the Washington Coat 
of Arms. First we have the stars and stripes; three red five- 
pointed stars, and two red stripes or bars upon a white back- 
ground. Next, this is surmounted by a raven issuing from a 
ducal coronet. It was in this form that General Washington used 
it. The illustration on page 6, which is from a photograph of 

The PVashiiigtcii Faiuily and Coat of Anns. 

the stone belonging at the Garsdon Manor House, shows, in ad- 
dition, stars with rounded points, a crescent, and two Jerusalem 
crosses, all in gilt. Finally the stag's head of the Lewyn family 
is added and the raven and coronet omitted, in the Coat of Arms 
surmounting the mural monument at Garsdon. Mr. Tuffley, the 
author of the Washington chart and pamphlet before referred to, 
ventures the suggestion that the ducal coronet may have come 
from the connection by marriage with the family of the Duke 
of Buckingham. There would seem to be some reason why 
the ducal connection — whatever it may have been — was less 
esteemed by the Washingtons of Garsdon than the connection 
that had supplied the Jerusalem crosses, round-pointed stars, 
and crescent. Is there a suggestion of the crusades here ? We 
merely ask the question, and leave it for those who are experts 
in heraldry to answer. 

Since the above was in type, we have received a letter from 
Dr. Gray, inclosing one from the Heralds College, London, in 
which this " quartering " is described " gules, a cross flcry 
between four cinque-foils, or," by which we understand, a red 
shield, with floivcring eross and four einqnc-foih in gold. This, 
it is said, " appertains to the family of Manning, County Kent, 
and implies that a Washington married an heiress of Manning." 
The name Manning does not appear, however, in the genealogy 
of Lawrence Washington of Garsdon, as supplied by the 
Heralds College. The first Lawrence Washington had four sons ; 
one was the ancestor of George Washington and another of the 
Garsdon Washingtons. It is scarcely too much to hope that, as 
Mr. Tuffley's pamphlet brought to public notice the record of 
the Garsdon branch, so Dr. Gray's pamphlet may discover the 
fortunes of the other two sons, and perhaps answer the question 
in reference to the Coat of .^Vrms. 

Xhe Qarsdon Branch 

Washington Family, 


SO far as it can be ascertained, the following account of the 
Washington Family has never been given in any of the 
published sketches of the life of George Washington, the Amer- 
ican Hero. 

It seems not to be known by the Biographers of Washington 
that the remains of at least five of the family lie buried within 
the country Church of Garsdcn in North Wilts. 

About two miles from the ancient Town of Malmesbury (re- 
nowned for its interesting Abbey, which, though for the most 
part a ruin, is no doubt one of the most valuable archaeological 
relics in England) is the rural Parish of Garsdon. The Church, 
with its time-worn tower, is prettily situated on the rising 
ground, and contains a mural monument and three marble slabs, 
memorials of the Washington Family. 

Sir Lawrence Washington, here interred, was the son of 
Lawrence Washington of Maidstone, grandson of Lawrence 
Washington,'Esq., of Sulgrave in Northants, and cousin* to John 
Washington, the founder of the American Family, whose great- 
grandson was George Washington the Patriot. 

It is an undoubted fact that this branch of the Washington 
Family occupied the Manor House at Garsdon, which was then 

* As we trace the genealogy, he was cousin to John Washington's father. 
In a late note from Dr. Gray he takes the same view. — Editor. 

The Garsdoii Branch of 

a noble Mansion, with a magnificent Park ; only a very small 
portion of the House now remains, and is occupied by a farmer. 
The Washington Coat of Arms was removed from this house 
thirty years ago, and can now be seen at a farm-house three 
miles distant. [The following illustration is from a photograph 
taken at the instance of Dr. Gray, and by him sent to the NeW- 
YoRK Life Insurance Company. The stone, he writes, 
weighs about one cwt., and is covered with red paint. Under- 
neath this, however, were found the original colors — viz., lines 
dividing it into quarters, black ; pointed stars and bars, red ; 
rounded star?, crosses, and crescent, gilt. — Editor.] 



The mural monument in Garsdon Church must have been 
handsome; it is of gilt and painted freestone, with marble 

The PVashington Family. 7 

columns of the Corinthian order, but is now very much dilapi- 
dated, having been taken down thirty years ago, during the re- 
building of the Chancel, and never replaced. 

The inscription, which is on an oval slab of black marble in- 
closed in a wreath, is as follows : 

To the Memory of Sr 
Laurence Washington 
Kt lately chiefe Register of the 
Chauncery of known Pyety of 
Charitye exemplarye A louinge 
Husband A tender Father A boun- 
tifull Master A constant Relieuer oi 
the Poore and to those of this Parish A 
perpetuall Benefactour Whom it pleased- 
God to take unto his Peace from the fury 
of the insuing Warrs Oxon Maij 14''' Here 
interred 24'° Ano. Dni. 1643° yEtat Suae 64" 
Where allso lyeth Dame Anne his wife who 
deceased Junij 13'" and was buried i6'° Ano 

Dni. 1645. 

Hie Patrios cineres curauit filius Urna 
Condere qui tumulo nunc jacet Ille plus. 

The pious Son his Parents here inter'd 

Who hath his share in Urne for them prepar'd. 

When the present Rector was instituted to the living of 
Garsdon in 1877, he found to his dismay that this Memorial had 
been removed from the Church and Parish, without a faculty 
from the proper authorities, for transport to America. After 
some little trouble and difficulty, he recovered possession of this 
ancient Monument, and it now awaits restoration before being 
reinstated in its former position. 

8 The Garsdoii Bniiich of 

The first of the memorial slabs on the floor of the Chancel is 
in memory of Sir Lawrence Washington's only son. It bears 
the following inscription : 

Here Lyeth ye Body of Lavrence 

Washington Esqr the only Son 

of Sr Lavrence Washington who 

Departed this life Jan 17 was 

Bvried Feb 11 Ano. Dni. 1661 and 

Inclosed By Elinor his Wife 

April 18 Ano. Dni. 1663 

^tat Suae 39. 

En mercede virum Pensatum muner[a djigna 
Prospicit ille suis diua supesta sibi 
Behold how duty well perform'd is paide 
. His Sire he him here his deerst hath laide. 

The second slab is in memory of Sir Lawrence Washington's 
Daughter, and bears the inscription : 

Sacrum Memorise Annae Fiyae 
Lavrentij Washington Eqvitis 
Et vxoris Christophcri Gise 
Hie Sepvltai Jvnij 4'° An : Do: 
1642 /Etat Svae 20. 

The third slab is in memory of the Widow of Lawrence Wash- 
ington, Esq., afterward Lady Pargiter, and is inscribed as follows : 

Here lyes ye body of Dame 

Elienor Pargiter 2"" Daughter 

of Wm. Guise of Elmore in ye 

County of Gloucester Esqr 
First married to Lawrence 
Washington Esq. afterwards 
to Sr Wm. Pargiter of Gritt 

The H^ashiiigtou Family. 9 

worth in ye County of North 

Hampton Kt. Who departing 

this life the 19* Day of July in 

the Year of Our Lord 1685 

ordered her remains to be 

deposited here in hopes of 

a blessed Resurrection. 

This Lady Pargiter presented to Garsdon Church the year 
before her decease (1684), a solid silver Communion Service of 
massiv^e weight, which is pronounced by competent judges to be 
the most perfect of that date ; it is in an admirable state of pres- 
ervation. All the pieces (four in number) are engraved with 
the Sacred Monogram within a halo, including the Cross and 

They are thus inscribed : 

"This was given by the Lady Pargiter to Garsdon Church, 
shee was formerly Wife to Lawrence Washington, Esq., who 
both lye buryed here." 

The Rector of Garsdon is most anxious to restore the Wash- 
ington Mural Monument, to improve the Church, and also to 
build a school-room for holding Sunday School, Meetings, Classes, 
and Parochial Library, &c., there being no room of any kind in 
the parish available for these purposes. A freehold site has 
been very generously given by the Earl of Suffolk, who is Lord 
of the Manor, and a few contributions have been received, but 
only a very small portion of the necessary funds (about iS^/oo) 
can be raised within the parish, which is a very poor one, the 
population consisting chiefly of the laboring class. 

These necessary works would have been undertaken long ago, 
had it not been essential to rebuild the Church in the adjoining 
village of Lea, which was in such a dilapidated condition that it 
had been closed for some years. This has now been accom- 

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plished at a cost of over ;^2,ooo. The collection of so larije a 
sum within a few years renders it the more difficult to obtain 
money for the necessary work at Garsdon. 

Therefore an appeal is made with confidence to the public, 
especially in America, in hopes that the means will be forth- 
coming to carry out these undertakings, which will prove a 
lasting memorial to the revered and honored name of 

It is proposed to call the school "The Washington ^Memorial 

Contributions will be most thankfulh' received and acknowl- 
edged by the 


Garsdon Rectory, 



The New-York Life Insurance Company will under- 
take to forward any contributions that ma\- be sent to it for the 
purpose named above. The object is worth}^ in itself, and 
worthy in the name it will commemorate. 

The PVashington Family. 

1 1 

John Washington, of Warton. 


Lawrence Washington, lawyer, of Gray's Inn, London, grantee, from Henry VIII., of Sulgrave 
Manor, in 1538 ; twice Mayor of Northampton, as shown by tablets now in Town Hall; brass tablet in 
church at Sulgrave, erected after his wife's death, in 1564, has spaces fir date of his own death, and 
says he had four sons and seven daughters. 

Robert W.-^shingtox, 
With consent of his eldest son and heir, sold Sulgrave in 

Lawrence Washington, of Maidstone, 
County Kent, Register of H. M. Court of 
Chancery, died 1619 ; buried at Maid- 

Lawrence Washington, 
eldest son after sale of .Sul- 
grave, with his consent, re- 
tired to Brington ; died 1616. 

Robert Washington, died 
1622; memorial tablet in 
Great Brington Church, 


Sir Willia.m 'u'.^shington, 
knighted by James I., mar- 
ried half-sister of George 
Villiers, Duke of Bucking- 



died 1697. 



died 1743. 

Sir Lawri:nce Washington, purchased 
Garsdon Manor about 1640; died 1643; 
buried at Garsdon with wife Anna; mural 
monument in Garsdon Church. See illus- 
tration and inscription, pages 2 and 7. 

John Wash- Lawrence W., 
INGTON, student at 
knighted at Brasenose 
Newmarket College, Ox- 
1622; emigra- ford, 1622 ; 
ted to Amer- came to Amer- 
ica 1657; will ica 1657. 
dated 1675. 


Lawrence Washing- 
ton, buried at Gars- 
don. Elienor, his 
wife (afterward wife 
of Sir William Par- 
giter), also buried 
at Garsdon. Seep.8. 

Anna Washington, 
married Christopher 
Guise; died 16/2; 
buried at Garsdon. 
See p. 8. 

Elizabeth, only 
child, buried at 
Garsdon. Married 
Robert, First Earl 
Ferrers, who held 
and occupied Gars- 
don for many years. 

George Wash- 
ington, born 
Feb. 22, 1732; 
died Dec. 14, 



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