CHAPTER 7 – “Grandmother Jane” by Jim Surkamp.

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CHAPTER or STORY 7 – “GRAND-MOTHER JANE”.BEGINS AT ABOUT 17:07 IN THE LONGER VIDEO SHOWN BELOW
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CHAPTER or STORY 7 (OUT OF 25 CHAPTERS OF A FULL STORY) – “GRAND-MOTHER JANE”

In 1829, John Augustine and Jane Charlotte inherited Mt. Vernon upon the death of their childless uncle Justice Bushrod Washington.

In just three years, John Augustine succumbed to a common fate of many Washington family members – tuberculosis, making Jane Charlotte the owner and maintainer of the most popular and revered home in America, at a time when the slavery issue threatened and George Washington’s memory was one of the few ties that could still bind all Americans, north and south.

Today’s John Augustine Washington, the family historian, once said: One of the most conspicuous people in the history of the Washington family always seemed to me to be “Grandmother Jane.”

Her take on the obligation of Mount Vernon was put down in a letter to George C. Washington in 1840: I never would have submitted to the endless intrusions and sacrifices of everything like private right and domestic privacy to which we are liable here but that I believe it arises frequently from a sincere though thoughtless desire of honoring the memory of Genl Washington.

‘Tis a feeling calculated to inspire and strengthen virtuous and patriotic principles and cement more firmly the ties that bind us together as a Nation.

We have done and shall continue to do all we can to keep the place from entire decay.

It is yearly becoming more expensive and difficult to do so, the buildings all ought to be thoroughly repaired or they must in a few years go down.

Image Credits:

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1. Image Credits 7 FINAL
2. “Grandmother Jane” FINAL
3. Mandolin Played by Shana Aisenberg FINAL

4. TITLE: In 1829, John Augustine and Jane Charlotte inherited Mt. Vernon upon the death of their childless uncle Justice Bushrod Washington. FINAL

5. In 1829, John Augustine and Jane Charlotte inherited Mt. Vernon (Eastman Johnson painting) FINAL

5.1 In 1829, John Augustine and Jane Charlotte inherited Mt. Vernon (Eastman Johnson painting zoom in) FINAL

CREDIT: Eastman Johnson, The Old Mount Vernon, 1857, oil on board, M-4863, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Purchased with funds courtesy of an anonymous donor and the Mount Vernon Licensing Fund, 2009

In 1829, John Augustine and Jane Charlotte inherited Mt. Vernon upn the death of their childless uncle Justice Bushrod Washington

6. upon the death of their childless uncle Justice Bushrod Washington. FINAL

CREDIT: The official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Bushrod Washington (1762–1829). commons.wikimedia.org 24 July 2003 Web. 20 December 2016.

7. TITLE: In just three years, John Augustine succumbed to a common fate of many Washington family members – tuberculosis, FINAL

8. John Augustine Washington (1789-1832) FINAL

CREDIT: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30822335321

9. tuberculosis – aafp.org

CREDIT:
tuberculosis – https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170328mmwrtb.html

10. TITLE: making Jane Charlotte the owner and maintainer of the most popular and revered home in America, at a time when the slavery issue threatened and George Washington’s memory was one of the few ties that could still bind all Americans, north and south. FINAL

11. Jane Charlotte and Mount Vernon FINAL

CREDIT: Jane Charlotte Washington and her Family – from “Mrs. J.A.W.” courtesy Augustine and Patty Washington by John Gadsby Chapman The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Assoc.)

Eastman Johnson, The Old Mount Vernon, 1857, oil on board, M-4863, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Purchased with funds courtesy of an anonymous donor and the Mount Vernon Licensing Fund, 2009

12. John Augustine Washington (1921- ) FINAL

CREDIT: Jim Surkamp

13. TITLE: One of the most conspicuous people in the history of the Washington family always seemed to me to be “Grandmother Jane.” – Family historian John A. Washington FINAL

CREDIT: Glenn, Justin. (2014). The Washingtons: A Family History: Volume 6 (Part One): Generation Ten of the Presidential Branch. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Publishing Co.

Glenn, Justin. (2014). The Washingtons: A Family History: Volume 6 (Part One): Generation Ten of the Presidential Branch. books.google.com 24 November 2005 Web. 20 January 2017.
p. 241.

14. Her take on the obligation of Mount Vernon was put down in a letter to George C. Washington in 1840 (Mt Vernon The Study) FINAL

CREDIT:
Mount Vernon The Study
19′ 6″ wide x 16′ 9″ long x 10′ 9″ high
mountvernon.org 11 November 1996 Web. 20 October 2016.

15. TITLE: I never would have submitted to the endless intrusions and sacrifices of everything like private right and domestic privacy to which we are liable here but that . . . FINAL

16. Mount Vernon by John Gadsby Chapman (Chapman painting) FINAL

CREDIT:
John Gadsby Chapman painted this view of the east side of Mount Vernon in the 1830s.
mountvernon.org 11 November 1996 Web. 20 October 2016.

17. Music by Cam Millar FINAL

18. TITLE: I believe it arises frequently from a sincere though thoughtless desire of honoring the memory of Genl Washington. FINAL

19 TITLE: ’Tis a feeling calculated to inspire and strengthen virtuous and patriotic principles and cement more firmly the ties that bind us together as a Nation. FINAL

20. detail Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, by John Trumbull (painting) FINAL

CREDIT:
detail Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, by John Trumbull.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_General_Mercer_at_the_Battle_of_Princeton,_January_3,_1777

21. The Birth of Old Glory, Percy Moran, 1917 FINAL

CREDIT: The Birth of Old Glory, Percy Moran, 1917
This image from c 1917 depicts what is presumed to be Betsy Ross and two children presenting the “Betsy Ross flag” to George Washington and three other men. The image is a version of a painting entitled “The Birth of Old Glory” by Percy Moran, from the Library of Congress: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Ross

22. TITLE “We have done and shall continue to do all we can to keep the place from entire decay. It is yearly becoming more expensive and difficult to do so, the buildings all ought to be thoroughly repaired or they must in a few years go down.” FINAL

23. Early view of Mansion ca. 1858 – N. S. Bennett FINAL

CREDIT:
Early view of Mansion ca. 1858 – N. S. Bennett
http://www.mountvernon.org/preservation/historic-preservation/19th-century-photography-at-mount-vernon/

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