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Descendants of George Eskridge, Col.

Generation No. 1

1. COL. GEORGE1 ESKRIDGE, COL. was born 1660 in Wales, Lancashire, England, and died Bet. October 27 - November 25, 1735. He married (1) REBECCA BONUM Abt. 1680 in VA, daughter of SAMUEL BONUM and MARGARET PHILPOTT. She was born 1665 in Westmoreland Co., VA, and died October 27, 1715 in Westmoreland Co., VA. He married (2) ELIZABETH VAULX Bef. 1716, daughter of ROBERT VAULX and MARY FOXALL. She was born Abt. 1700, and died 1744.

Notes for C
From Heritage of Lafayette County Mississippi, "Came to the Virginia Colony. Was seated at Sandy Point, Westmoreland Co., VA. Stated to have been Member House of Burgesses 1705-1734, Member of Quorum 1714, Coroner Potomac Dist., Tobacco Agent 1714, Queen's attorney 1703-1710, King's Attorney 1719-1732, Vestryman and Warden Copel Parish 1731-1735."

From Family Tree Maker, World Family Tree Vol. I, #2687, submitted by James B. Jenkins: "Col. George Eskridge came from Lancaster, England, who in 1670 was seized in Wales by press gang and who carried him aboard a ship bound for Virginia where he was sold to a planter as an indentured servant for 8 years. When freed, he returned to England to get his law degree and then came back to northern neck of Virginia between the Potomac and Rappahannock. He settled in Westmoreland County, VA in 1696. He was an eminent lawyer, served ten years as member of the house of Burgesses and a member of Quorum and King's Attorneys. His plantation of many thousand acres (land grants show 12,644 acres) was called Sandy Point and was located on the historic Potomac River. He played an important part in the life of our first President, George Washington. His [George Washington] mother's name was Mary Ball. Her father refered to her as 'his little rose of Epping Forest' . He died when she was about 3 years old. Her mother also died a few years later and in her will she named George Eskridge as the guardian of Mary. She spent her girlhood in the Eskridge home and later married a neighbor, Augustine Washington. The marriage took place at Sandy Point. When her first child was born, the son was named for Mary's much-loved guardian. Col. George was neighbor and friend to the Washingtons, Lees, Carters, of Virginia. He was a vestryman of Yeocomico Episcopal Church (est 1655) in Virginia. He was the first Eskridge to come to America. His portrait, together with that of his wife Rebecca Bonum, hung for several years at Mount Vernon plantation but is now in the Department of Archives of the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Va. Further refer to George Eskridge is in the Eskridge drawer in the Westmoreland County Museum, Va.--'Cleveland Co. Heritage' pages 218-222"

From Family Tree Maker, World Family Tree Vol. 6, #3663, submitted by Paula M. Radican: "George Washington was undoubtedly named for him. Douglas S. Freeman so stated in his biography of Washington. Mary Hewes the mother of Mary Ball and of Mary's older half-sister, Elizabeth Johnson who married Samuel Bonum...named Colonel Eskridge as the guardian of Mary Ball. He served in this capacity from the time Mary was 13 years old until she married Augustine Washington. Mary Ball was reared in the home of Colonel Eskridge and her marriage to the father of the "Father of our Country" took place from our ancestor's home. It was George Eskridge who held their first born as he was christened George Washington. A highway marker near Sandy Point, Westmoreland County, VA attests to this fact." quoted from the book KIN OF MY GRANDCHILDREN by Judge Noble Littell.

From Family Tree Maker, World Family Tree Vol. 17, #1968, submitted by Alan D. Sparks: "Starting in 1720, was guardian of Mary Ball, daughter of Colonel Johnson Ball and Mary Johnson Ball. Mary Ball was Augustine Washington's second wife; in 1732 they named their first son George in honor of her guardian George Eskridge." source: Jobe Journal

From Eskridge Family Genealogy Forum, submitted by Sara Washburn: "Colonel George Eskridge, a Deputy to the Virginia House of Burgesses for many years in the first half of the 18th century, was guardian to Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington. It is stated that Col. Eskridge, who died in 1735, came to America about 1670, probably from Lancashire. He married, first, Rebecca, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Philpot) Bonum. Rebecca (Bonum)Eskridge had a brother, Samuel Bonum, whose wife was Elizabeth Johnston, the half-sister of Mary Ball. Col. Eskridge married, second, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Vaulx.

From a story about George Washington's baptism (where he is named George after Col. Eskridge) "One of these is a certain important gentleman from "down the river", Col. George Eskridge of Sandy Points--he so belongs in the picture. He is a full-faced, dignified man, an eminent lawyer, and of high standing in the community. He long was the faithful guardian of young Mary Ball, now the wife of Augustine, and the mother of the child to be baptized. Much honor is come to him this day.'"

From George Washington Man and Monument by Marcus Cunliffe, 1958, A Mentor Book, New York and Scarborough, Ont., The New English Library Limited, London, p 33: speaking of the mother of George Washington, "...Mary was much attached to her guardian, a genial lawyer named George Eskridge; and it was apparently after him that she named her first-born child: George Washington. Otherwise he might perhaps have been given the family name of John; Lawrence and Augustine had already been used for his half brothers."

Book titled Henry Duke Conrcilor His Descendants and Connections authored by Walter G. Duke:
Eskridge-Towles Lineage starts with George Eskridge, of Sandy Point, Westmoreland County, VA, about 1720 (?); married about 1700 Hannah Ashton. He was granted thousands of acres in Eastern VA. Their children were: George Eskridge, William Eskridge, Samuel Eskridge, Robert Eskridge, Sarah Eskridge, Margaret Eskridge, Elizabeth Eskridge. These children may not be mentioned in order of birth.------DLR This would appear to be Col. George but the wife's name appears to be in error (probably from early references to Mrs. Henry West as printed in "Genealogies of Virginia Families")

More About C
Date born 2: 1650, England
Date born 3: 1655, Lancashire, England
Date born 4: 1660, Gresshingham, Lancashire, England
Date born 5: 1673
Died 2: November 25, 1735, Westmoreland Co., VA
Burial: 1735, Cople Parish Church Cemetery, VA
Emigration 1: 1670, from England to Virginia Colony
Emigration 2: 1676, From England to Virginia
Will: October 27, 1735

More About R
Date born 2: Abt. 1675, Yeocomico, Westmoreland Co., VA
Died 2: Bef. 1715, Westmorland Co., VA
Died 3: 1715

More About E
Died 2: Bet. October 20 - November 27, 1744
Children of G
  i.   DAUGHTER2 ESKRIDGE, d. Bef. 1723; m. PATRICK SPENCE, Bef. 1715; d. Aft. 1715.
Not in list of Mrs G. L. Eatman in Heritage of Lafayette Co., MS.

From Eskridge Family Association News May 2002:
From Westmoreland Couny, VA Wills:

Rust, Samuel will 1717/1718 "The plantation where he now lives to Mr. Patrick Spence and his father-in-law Capt. George Eskridge" (suggests Patrick Spence is or was married to daughter of George Eskridge)

Pope, Lawrence will 1723 "Heirs: sons: Humphrey, Thomas, John
daughters: Elizabeth, Ann, Mary, Jemima Spence, Penelope, Catherine godson: John, son of Nicholas Minor
wife: Jemima
brother: Humphrey Pope
(suggests by 1723 a Spence is married to Jemima Pope)

Spence, Patrick will 1729/1730 "Heirs: sons: Patrick, Youell
wife: Jemima (Pope)
dtrs: Elizabeth, Jemima, Mary"
(suggests Jemima Pope Spence survived her husband Patrick)

Spence, Jemima will 1755 "Heirs: children: Elizabeth Sandford, Patrick Spence, Jemima Suggett, Youell
grandchildren: Jemima Suggett and Jemima Sandford
(Jemima, widow of Patrick, appears to be mother of all the children??)

"What this indicates to us is that there must have been a daughter who married a Patrick Spence, but which one? If it was the Patrick Spence whose will is dated 1729/1720, she must have been his first wife, as it is quite clear that this Patrick Spence (also?) married Jemima Pope. It is also pretty clear that this daughter was also dead at the time of Col. George's death and probably did not have any off-spring as neither is mentioned in Col. George's will."

Died 2: Bef. 1718

  ii.   MARTHA ESKRIDGE, d. Bef. February 25, 1728/29, Westmoreland Co., VA; m. SAMUEL RUST; b. Bef. 1674; d. 1718, Westmoreland Co., VA.
Samuel Rust and Martha Garner were supposedly parents of Hannah Rust who married Maj. George Eskridge, son of Col. George (oldest brother of this supposed Martha). I wonder if there has somehow been confusion of these names and that Martha Garner, wife of Samuel Rust, mother-in-law of Maj. George, has been somehow thought to be a daughter of Col. George.

2. iii.   WILLIAM ESKRIDGE, b. Bet. 1680 - 1683, Westmoreland Co., VA; d. Abt. 1744.
3. iv.   MAJOR GEORGE ESKRIDGE, MAJ., b. 1683; d. Bet. 1731 - 1732.
4. v.   SAMUEL ESKRIDGE, b. Abt. 1704, VA; d. 1746, Westmoreland Co., VA.
5. vi.   SARAH ESKRIDGE, b. 1707, Charles, Westmoreland Co., VA; d. December 02, 1753, Westmoreland Co., VA.
6. vii.   DR. ROBERT ESKRIDGE, b. 1712, Sandy Point, Westmoreland Co., VA; d. July 16, 1747, At sea near Africa.
7. viii.   MARGARET ESKRIDGE, b. 1715, Westmoreland Co., VA; d. October 08, 1801, Fauquier Co., VA.
  ix.   DANIEL ESKRIDGE, b. Bef. 1726; d. Bef. 1735.
8. x.   ELIZABETH2 ESKRIDGE, b. 1717, Sandy Point, Westmoreland Co., VA; d. Unknown.

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