Tuesday, February 22, 2011




February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799

 George Washington was born into a wealthy tobacco
family of English descent in Virginia. 
He was the son of Augustine Washington
who died when George was 10.
Soon after went to live with his
favorite eldest half brother and idol Lawrence
 at his home Mt Vernon.
There he learned Mathematics,
and some Greek and Latin 
and to be a surveyor, he also became a
great horseman. George strived to be a
"Gentleman" by using:
110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior
in company and Conversation.
At the age of sixteen he had hand copied the
book based on a set of  rules written in
1595 by French Jesuitsand was self made under the
mentoring of his brother and his neighbor a good friend
George William Fairfax, who's wife Sally
taught George social graces and how to dance
which became a passion all his life.

When Lawrence died in 1746
George inherited Mt Vernon
at 20 years

More detailed READING:



George Washington Surveyor

      George Washington during the French and Indian War.

 Towering at 6 foot 2 George Washington was an accomplished Horseman.
He had a presence that was noticeable by everyone who encountered him.
  Before George became involved with America's independence he  was a member of the British Army. There he proved to be a capable
leader and well respected by the men. In  the 1755, battle during the French and Indian War  he miraculously survived being shot at many times by
Native American sharp shooters even loosing two horses
in the battle. Later he would account to his brother in a letter of  God's Divine intervention.
" By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me,"
 The Indian Chief accounted 15 years later to George Washington: "a power mightier far than we shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you...I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle."

When the Continental Congress needed a general to lead the new Continental Army in 1774, George was available. Washington advertised his willingness to serve by wearing his Virginia militia uniform. He assumed command of an ill equipped army which eventually achieved  
the providential victory.


                                George Washington during the French and Indian War.


 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
 who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
 He that walketh uprightly,
 and worketh righteousness,
 and speaketh the truth in his heart.
                                         Psalm 15

Some wondrous possessions and reminders of
times past at the Bleat'n Hum Baa Farn'n Fiber
are, a Cannonball found at the
river edge across from  Ft. George Canada
(on my Husband's own prior property)
and French and English Muskets found on our present property,
once an Native and British encampment in the 18th century

It is very enjoyable to look  through the illustrated "1776" edition by David McCullough
with copies of the real letters and documents and maps from that time.
And also"The  United States Experience" by Gerry and Janet Souter
If you are interested these can books transport you through time! 

George and Martha were very much in love, and when he was
encamped as General he sent for her. She was
very satisfied to be at his side as well as the Lady
in charge of the "Household"

A copy of a letter to Martha from George

  After loosing two of her young children during her first marriage
Martha always feared losing her son and daughter.
Her two children were adopted and raised by George Washington.
 At the age of 17  Betsy suffered from a seizure and died in George's arms.
Her son John "Jacky" married at a young age and had four children.
He joined George during the siege at Yorktown, dying after only
a few days of possibly typhus.  
 Fortunately Martha's daughter in law
gave her the opportunity  to adopt two of her grandchildren  Nelly
and George Washington Parke Custis.   

                                                                            Be courteous to all,
                                                                           but intimate with few,
                                                                            and let those few be
                                                                              well tried before
                                                                              you give them your
                                                                          George Washington

Martha Dandridge was only 17 when she married her first husband

                                 Daniel Parke Custis,a wealthy planter 
They had four children,( two of whom died in infancy).
 Seven years later Custis died, leaving Martha not only with two small children
 but also as one of the wealthiest women in Virginia. Read the rest  from this Site:

"George Washington was introduced to Martha Dandridge Custis by mutual friends   She and her two young children, were immediately taken by the handsome and dashing George Washington   Martha had previously been married to the extremely wealthy John Dandridge and, upon his death, had inherited a large fortune .  Visiting Martha only twice at her home before proposing marriage, they became engaged only three weeks after their first meeting".
Read the rest from this SITE:

George and Martha's Wedding
Martha's very stylish purple wedding shoes
Read more about Martha here:

During George Washington's two presidential terms,
he and Martha continually yearned for the
return to their beloved Mt Vernon
 George was a gentleman farmer and was
always interested in inventive ways to grow and manufacture
Washington viewed his own efforts at Mount Vernon
 as experiments that could benefit all of his countrymen.
Wheat was one of his main crops. He erected a large stone gristmill in 1771 to
increase production of flour and cornmeal,
 and to be able to export high quality flour to the West Indies,
England, and Europe

George Washington finished his second term as the first President of the United States in 1797. Weary of the political infighting surrounding the presidency, he longed for the peace of retirement to his beloved Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, his solitude lasted less than three years as he died on December 14, 1799 at age 67. After going out on his property in the sleet he contacted a chill
and was soon breathing his last. Martha never slept in their bed again and soon followed
on May 22, 1802, of a severe fever.

Read more:at "Eye Whitness History.com"

Distillery &Gristmill:

READ about Amerca's first Composter

 The integrity of the upright shall guide them:
 but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
 Riches profit not in the day of wrath:
 but righteousness delivereth from death.
 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way:
 but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness
                                                             Proverbs 11:3-5
The Mousiekin Family love to remember the first President
and the real meaning of The Declaration of Independence
and the FREEDOM of America


Pappa Mousiekin is passionate to tell the history
of their ancestors. His family line can be traced back to Mt Vernon!


Take a virtual tour of Mt Vernon on this SITE:


                                                          Experience teaches us that it is
                                                                                 much easier to prevent
                                                                          an enemy from posting themselves
                                                                              than it is to dislodge them
                                                                            after they have got possession.
                                                                             George Washington

                                                      GREAT BOOKS
                                                      GOOD READS
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A very interesting look at
how foods were prepared

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George and Martha
were Slave owners
this book tells the story
of Oney Martha's personal
 Slave who choose freedom

Waiting for this book to
arrive! Ron Chernow
is a GREAT Author!
(one of my favorite books ever is
Alexander Hamilton by Ron)

Washington: A Life

I think that Jeff Daniels
was perfact for the role
and did a
wonderful  job!

The Crossing

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David McCullough
also narrates an audio
version of the book
well worth the listen

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Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2
Do You Know JESUS?
Read more here:
Need Church?
Listen to Sunday CHURCH
of the Living Truth Ministries
click here:
(if the is no video you can find it on the web site)


The Mousiekin Family says:

 14If my people, which are called by my name,
 shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
 then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
 and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 

                                You can also learn about Ben Franklin  here:


  1. Dear Linnie,

    What a splendid tribute to George Washington! The Corgyncombe Courant loves George Washington, too! We love the Mousekin family, they look like they're off to a George Washington parade celebration! Mama Mousekin is working on a lovely patriotic quilt! Tillie Tinkham, the mouse seamstress at Corgyncombe, is impressed! Finding the cannonball and musket balls surely brings the reality of history home! We love the George Washington quote: "Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." We don't know if we will get to do a George Washington post this year, as we recently returned from Vermont and have been busy but we so enjoyed yours, thanks for posting it!

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah at the Corgyncombe Courant

  2. Oh, I'm so glad you did this post! I was secretly hoping you would, and here it is! :) You've made my homeschooling day, since little Miss Becky Button Nose has a fever, and I was not up to preparing anything today.

    I agree with the Mousekins, too, that History should be celebrated! Only then can we truly know who we are.

    Blessings to you today, dear friend!



  3. What a wonderful tribute to a great man!

    Thank you for this post. My sons have studied G.W. when they were in the lower levels, and continue to study him, now they are in H.S.

    I always leave here filled with knowledge...thank you :)

    By the way, I have the same pewter little bowl that you are showing with your pictures....


  4. Wonderful I loved it....and the mousekin pictures were to cute!! I am going to have my daughter read through this when she gets home from school she will enjoy this post. We love History in our home...and we have some of the books you shared. Thanks for sharing this post and all the information that you have so lovingly gathered and put together. The canon ball was very cool I would love to hold one of those. ~Love Heather

  5. This is a MAGNIFICENT posting. I think you deserve some kind of an award for this. Good for you for doing such fine research and for giving us so many trails to follow.

    I once heard D. McCullough speak and he is great. Love the book. I spoke at a conference with his daughter who is as charming as D.M.

    Sending best wishes to you. Good girl!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  6. Linnie, You are so good at this! I have even more appreciation for George Washington after reading it. He has always been one of my most admired and honored of the Founding Fathers. I even put him in one of my artworks entitled "America".
    I know that he was a most avid gardener, as well as all his other assets. I recently took a video tour of Mount Vernon and now intend to visit in person. Thank you Linnie, once again, for a top notch post!

  7. Hi Linda, I just published my post and I was surprised to see your comment so fast!
    Your post is so cute, and educational at the same time. I think I will get out my Martha Washington book and start to read it. Keep the mousekin family coming, I really love them!! I always think of you when I write my posts, and I thank God for a friend like you!!