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George Washington 1732-1799
First President of the United States 1789-1797

Mount Vernon, and Winchester, Virginia

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Did George Washington know the FOLLIS Family?

Many Fallis - Follis family researchers repeat that George Fallis was friends with George Washington based on the Daniel James Fallis biography. They also repeat that George Fallis was a childhood friend and neighbor or sold his land that became part of the Quantico Marine Base. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants by Gertrude E. Grade, 1993, Volume 3, 1775-1800 page 179 shows Thomas Fallis, son of George and Mary, purchasing 13 acres and 67 acres of land adjacent Washington Tract, Deep Run, and along Washington's line March 2, 1793. So yes, Thomas Fallis certainly knew his neighbor George Washington and likely his father George Fallis did too from the data below!

Street Level View of Washington's Log Cabin headquarters or View Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia in a larger map
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George Washington first visited Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia in March 1748 as a surveyor, purchased land in 1753, then was used as his headquarters from 1755-1758 during the French and Indian Wars shown in the historic marker on the right. His log cabin, in the photo on left, is now the middle building of the George Washington Office Museum in Winchester, Virginia. Click the Google map Street Level View and the little orange guy shows the log cabin is right on the street today! 6th great-grandfather Thomas FOLLIS purchased 798 acres of land surveyed in 1749 through 1751 and recorded between September 1, 1753 and July 3, 1754 in Winchester, Frederick County for land now in neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia. Thomas' estate was filed February 3, 1756. It's safe to assume Thomas FOLLIS and his family of 5 sons had contact with surveyor George Washington during those years. Thomas Lord Fairfax land owner of the Northern Neck Grants is buried in the Winchester Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery. Since son George FALLIS moved to Stafford County, and his son Thomas FALLIS purchased land along Washington's line March 2, 1793 in Stafford County, Virginia making them neighboring land owners, it is safe to assume they knew each other and were most likely friends if for no other reason than survival in the still wild Colonial Virginia. I haven't found any survey's with George Washington's name, but other surveys exist and here. Many sites have lots of photos like Sons of the South and Col. Washington's Frontier Forts. Lots of local photos on Flickr.

Landis House

Landis House Ringoes, Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey photo

My sixth great-grandfather Heinrich Hirt LANDIS built a stone house around 1750 near Ringoes, East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Still standing as a residence it has a historic sign in front. It is at 1064 Old York Road, Ringo's Tavern is at 1084, now State Route 179. The town of Ringoes is on John Ringo Road the town and tavern founder, now County Road 579, about 15 miles northwest of Trenton, New Jersey and 12 miles west of Princeton University. Click the Landis House photo on right to see the lengthy history of this historic home and Henry Landis' friendship with George Washington.

Genealogy research is never complete, important details might be missing, and often contains errors, so let me know if your research contradicts mine. My Indiana and Ohio family research comes from conversations with relatives, scrapbooks, library research, online records, visits to courthouses, final resting places on family farms and cemeteries. Families in other states rely mostly on the research of others. Links to other web sites often change then won't work, so if you find broken links, have additional information on any families, corrections, photos, or anything to add to the history of our families, please leave a Comment in my Guest book, join my Follis Families on Facebook page for updates and new discoveries, or send an Email. The Wayback Machine archives most old web pages so copy and paste the broken URL address to find the missing 404 pages that disappeared. Read Dick Eastman's newsletter on using Unverified Data from the internet.

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