William was highly educated. His parents hoped he would become a minister.
Information about this person can be found in a three-part article entitled "Descendents of Two John Washingtons" appearing The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 22, pages 211-14, 328-30, and 437-38.
However, with the Colonies in rebellion, he decided to serve in the military. He started in 1775 as a captain in the Stafford County Virginia Minutemen.
In 1776 he transferred to the Third Virginia Regiment.
In the Battle of Harlem Heights he was wounded.
In the Battle of Trenton, where he fought against Hessian troops, he captured cannons and was wounded in the hand.
He transferred to the cavalry in January 1777 and was made a Major with the Fourth Light Dragoons. There was a near massacre of that group in New Jersey in Sept. 1778.
William was promoted to Lt. Colonel and the command of the Third Light Dragoons in Nov. 1778.
He was transferred to the southern colonies and to do battle with the formidable British Lt Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his Green Dragoons in March 1780 in South Carolina.
Through May 1780 it was battle after battle pushing each side. Through December 1780, Washington and Tarleton battled. After a strong victory at Hammond's Hill by Washington and General Morgan, Tarleton was ordered to chase them down at all costs.
The Battle of Cowpens on Jan. 27, 1781 would be major turning point. An attack on Tarleton caused him to retreat but Washington and his forces chased them. A personal hand-to-hand sword battle between Tarleton and Washington occurred. Tarleton's hand was cut and a shot by Tarleton's pistol grazed Washington's knee and wounded his horse.
By March and April 1781 there were a couple of additional defeats of Major Greene and Lt. Colonel Washington. The Sept. 8, 1781 Battle of Eutaw Springs would be William Washington's last. His horse was shot out from under him. While laying under the horse a British soldier bayoneted him.
As a captured Lt. Colonel, he remained a British prisoner for the remainder of the war in Charleston, South Carolina, until about Dec. 1782 when the British left Charleston.
After the war William settled in South Carolina, became a farmer and horse breeder. He served in the state legislature from 1787 to 1804.
Later served on the staff of George Washington in 1798 as a Brigadier General and helped to protect South Carolina and Georgia.
- Sons of the American Revolution Patriot #P-314222
- Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed July 29, 2015), "Record of William Washington", Ancestor # A122015.
- Find A Grave Memorial# 7656570
- DAR Lineage Book (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1898) Vol. 6, Page 146: "In 1779 he joined the Dragoons in the South, and to him Col. Rudgely surrendered without resistant by the stratagem of a "Quaker Gun." For bravery at Cowpens he was presented with a medal by Congress."
- Library of Congress Washington, William, 1752-1810
- This WikiTree profile is referenced from WikiData: Q2581011 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)
- Looks middle name is wrong on many sources
- see Library of Congress Washington, William, 1752-1810
- found: JRShelby website, viewed Mar. 13, 2012 (William Washington was born on February 28, 1752 in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia; having no middle name, he is often confused in history with a distant cousin, William Augustine Washington (1757-1810) of Westmoreland County, Virginia. There are numerous instances in historic literature that refers to William Washington (1752-1810) with the erroneous middle name of Augustine or Augustus. His birth is recorded simply as "William Washington" in The Register of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia 1723-1758. William Augustine Washington (1757-1810) of Westmoreland County, Virginia, was the nephew of George Washington, whereas William Washington (1752-1810) was only a second cousin of the first President. Both Williams were Colonels in the Revolutionary War and, to further complicate matters, were married to ladies named Jane)
- Sälgö-1 23:04, 31 October 2016 (EDT)
- Death date is different on FindAGrave, WikiTree and WikiData. Picture of the gravestone says 6 mar 1810 and no middle name Augustine
- Sälgö-1 23:04, 31 October 2016 (EDT)
On 15 Nov 2008 Alice Luckhardt wrote:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1791 - William and Jane entertained President Geo. Washington at their SC home.
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On 1 Nov 2016 at 01:00 GMT Vincent Piazza wrote:
"to do battle" doesn't sound correct
On 6 Jan 2009 at 05:03 GMT jane McManus wrote:
William is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 33 degrees from Leonard Cohen, 27 degrees from Bob Dylan, 22 degrees from AJ Jacobs and 18 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.