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.
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.
1880 Census - Gonzales, Texas - Calvin ONeal (27) head of house b. TX; Henry ONeal (16) Cousin b. TX; Mary A ONeal (63) mother b. MS; Newborn W ONeal (2) b. TX; "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFND-VVY : accessed 21 October 2015), Newborn W O Neal in household of Calvin O Neal, Precinct 3, Gonzales, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district 70, sheet 479A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1306; FHL microfilm 1,255,306.
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