Front cover image for Fielding Lewis and the Washington family : a chronicle of 18th century Fredericksburg

Fielding Lewis and the Washington family : a chronicle of 18th century Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg was established in 1728 as a port on the Rappahannock River. As the population grew, it also became the county seat for Spotsylvania County. Fielding Lewis moved there from Gloucester County to manage his father's store in 1746. The same year, he married Catherine Washington, a cousin from Gloucester County. She died after the birth of their third child. His second wife, Betty Washington, was the sister of George Washington. Betty and Fielding Lewis had eleven children. During four decades in Fredericksburg, by virtue of his social rank and leadership skills, Fielding Lewis rose to fill all of the leading county offices. When the Revolutionary War began, he was heavily involved in the colonists' cause against England. He died in 1781 shortly after the victory at Yorktown
Print Book, English, 1998
American History Company, [Fredericksburg, Va.], 1998