George Washington and Mary had at least 8 children, the first of which was born when Washington was about 18 years old. The children are: Henry B. b. 1829, William b. December 3, 1832, George Washington, Jr. b. February 7, 1834, Harrison b. April 14, 1836, John b. abt. 1838-1839, Mary Ann b. September 7, 1841, Miles b. February 22, 1845, and Calvin b. abt. 1850. If you refer to the narrative on Washington’s parents, Darius and Polly, you can see that George Washington named his children after his siblings. In approximately 1833, George Washington took his family and pioneered westward to Clinton Co., Missouri. He homesteaded in Clinton Co., MO, for 10 years. He is listed on the 1840 census of Clinton Co., Missouri on page 50. After many hard winters, the family sold out in 1843 and caught a riverboat at Kansas City. By this time, they would have had 2 children, Henry B. and William, born in Tennessee, and 4 children, G.W. Jr., Harrison, John, and Mary Ann, born in Missouri. The O’Neills, with their 6 children, traveled down the Missouri River by boat to St. Louis and then down the Mississippi River to where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi meet. There they purchased a wagon and joined a wagon train bound for Texas. It is believed that their original destination was the coastal region of Texas, but a breaking of a wagon wheel in Leesville, Gonzales County, TX, area delayed the wagon. By the time the repairs could be made, the family had decided to stay and had found a home in the community of Leesville. They had arrived in Texas in 1845, some 2 years after leaving Missouri. In addition, Mary was pregnant during part of the travels, which may have contributed to the family settling down in Leesville rather than pushing on to the Gulf coast. Their son Miles was born February 22, 1845. The 1850 census of Gonzales County, Texas, town of Gonzales lists J.W. Oneill, 38 years old born in Virginia as head of household. It is believed that, once again, the census recorder misspelled the name believing the name George begins with a “J”. His wife, Mary is listed as a female 40 years of age born in Tennessee. Henry, 21, born in Tennessee, William, 18, born in Tennessee, George 16, born in Missouri, John, 12, born in Missouri, Mary Ann, 10 born in Missouri, and Miles 4, born in Texas are also listed in the household. At the time the census was completed, Calvin must not have been born. The Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Six of George Washington’s 7 sons were Confederate soldiers – only Calvin was too young, age 11 at the beginning of the war. However, Harrison, after volunteering for the Sandies Home Guard with his brothers, stayed behind. It could be that Harrison stayed behind to take care of his brothers’ families and his parents’ endeavors at home. George Washington was about 51 at the time and did not volunteer for service. Also, Mary was about 54 with still one child, Calvin, at home.
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