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The Washingtons. Volume 1: Seven Generations of the Presidential Branch (The Washingtons: A Family History) Hardcover – October 22, 2014
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Justin Matthews Glenn was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and raised in Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Stanford University [B.A., Classics, 1967; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa] and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University [M.A., Classics, 1969; Ph.D., Classics, 1970]. His career as a professor of Classics at the University of Georgia and Florida State University spanned thirty-five years, and he has published over seventy articles, notes, and reviews in his field. A distant cousin of George Washington, he has served as Registrar General of the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants since 2002.
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For anyone interested in the family of George Washington, I highly recommend this series. To be published in eight volumes, Dr. Glenn's research covers the genealogy of George Washington from the first ancestor (the immigrant John Washington) to set foot in the colonies, down through fifteen generations, covering some 63,000 descendants. More than just a genealogy, the volumes include numerous family member biographies. It is well researched and sourced. While individuals are listed in descendent order (some volumes are in ascending order because of the content), the volumes are interspersed with numerous biographies of individuals and often their spouses. I have found Dr. Glenn's writing style engaging and easy to read.
Dr. Glenn has spent more than 40 years researching the Washington and allied families and, since 2002 has been the Registrar General of the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants. I have corresponded with Dr. Glenn over the last several years as he was finishing his research, both to clarify some inconsistencies that I had found and to provide updated information on my Windsor/Casey branch where his research had left off (I am a second cousin, eight times removed of President George Washington). I have at all times found him to be easily accessible, invaluably helpful (as these volumes will attest), and both honest and forthright where inconsistencies or lack of documentation left room for speculation. (An excellent example is his research and conclusions regarding which "John Wrights" were related to the presidential branch. This was particularly of interest to me because three John Wright individuals are my 5th, 6th, and 7th great grandfather, respectively.)
Over the last several months, three of the eight volumes have been published:
Volume 1: Seven generations of the presidential branch. This volume begins with Lawrence Washington in England and traces his son, John Washington's immigration to Virginia Colony, and family offspring down through seven generations. Of particular interest to me, this volume includes as a member of the seventh generation, Nancy Louisa Windsor, my 2nd great grandmother. She and two of her sisters would marry Casey brothers.
Volume 2: Notable members of the presidential branch. This volume is a presentation of a number of famous or influential people in the presidential branch that Dr. Glenn happened upon in his research. Individuals include people ranging from actor Lee Marvin, to blues great Johnny Winter, to Major General George S. Patton III.
Volume 3: Royal descents of the presidential branch. This volume traces a number of European royal and aristocratic lineages that link to the presidential branch. Since royal families tended to interbreed, the lineage is extensive beginning with the Saxon chieftain Cerdic in the mid-400s, and includes Alfred the Great; St. Margaret, Queen of Scots; and Henry I, II, and III; Pippin I, II, and III, and Charlemagne, to name a few.
If you like history and genealogy, or if you are researching families that may intersect with the Washington line, I highly recommend this series. I will review other volumes as they are published.
As a historian and academic I am overwhelmingly impressed with Dr. Glenn's organizational skills and motivation to take on and complete such a task. What an accomplishment this is!
William Moore Hurst, Jr.
National Society Washington Family Descendants