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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.

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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

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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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