Betty Washington Lewis

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Betty Washington Lewis
Betty Washington Lewis.jpg
Born (1733-06-20)June 20, 1733
Westmoreland County, Virginia
Died March 31, 1797(1797-03-31) (aged 63)
Culpeper, Virginia
Spouse(s) Fielding Lewis
Children Betty Lewis Carter (daughter)

Betty Washington Lewis (June 20, 1733 – March 31, 1797) was the younger sister of George Washington and the only sister to live to adulthood. She was the first daughter of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. She is considered a "founding mother" of America.[1]

She was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia and married Fielding Lewis in 1750. Their children included Lawrence Lewis, who married Eleanor Parke Custis, a granddaughter of Martha Washington, and Robert Lewis. They built a house in Fredericksburg, Kenmore House, in 1770, and owned The Lewis Store until 1776. In later life, she stayed close with her mother. She died in 1797 while visiting her daughter, Betty Lewis Carter, at the Western View Plantation in Culpeper, Virginia, and is buried there.

She and her husband are commemorated with street names in the nearby Ferry Farm subdivision (Fielding Circle and Betty Lewis Drive).



  1. Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, The Pioneer Mothers of America, pages 72 through 78 (1912: G.P. Putnam's sons), found at Google books. Accessed February 19, 2008.

External links

  • Pamela Gould, George W., sister, have birthday tea, The Free Lance-Star, February 18, 2008, found at news site. Accessed February 19, 2008.