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Gravestone, St Oswald's Churchyard, Warton, near Carnforth, Lancashire, UK, 6 May, 2006

Mrs Elizabeth Washington died in 1751, joined by Thomas in 1823. That's quite a gap – could Thomas have been her son?

Yes, that Washington. Seven generations before the birth of George Washington, first President of the USA, Lawrence Washington moved to Warton from North East England. His great-grandson apparently helped to build the church tower, and the family coat-of-arms, inscribed inside the church, may have inspired the US flag.

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