Historical records matching George Washington
About George Washington
George Washington (August 15, 1817 – August 26, 1905) was the founder of the town of Centralia, Washington. He is remembered as a leading African American pioneer of the Pacific Northwest.
Born in Virginia, the son of a former slave and a woman of English descent, Washington was raised by a white couple named Anna and James Cochran. When he was young, the Cochrans moved west, first to Ohio, then to Missouri. George became a great rifleman and taught himself how to read. He was given full rights as a citizen after the Cochrans requested so by a special Missouri right. (No other black had these rights at the time.) George Washington and Mr. and Mrs. Cochran moved to the Oregon Territory, hoping to find a place that would make George feel free and truly equal. But he could not claim the land himself, because he was black. The Cochrans claimed the land for him, and George later paid them for the land. The city of Centerville (now Centralia) was founded on this land. George took care of his adoptive parents. He later married Mary Jane Cooness, a widow.
The town grew and grew; a church was built, and a city park was made from land the Washingtons dedicated. During hard times, the Washingtons helped find food and work for the people of the town, who might otherwise have starved to death.
George Washington died at the age of 88, by which time Centralia had grown to a town of over 1,000 residents. The people in Centralia held a funeral in his honor.
Birth: Aug. 15, 1818
Death: Aug. 26, 1905 Centralia Lewis County Washington, USA
George's memorial is linked to the memorials of James & Ann Cochran, the couple who raised him from the time he was a baby.
George Washington is well known as the founder of Centralia. His first marriage was to a widow, Mary Jane Coonness, who had a son, Stacey.
Mary died in Centralia on March 5, 1889. George's second marriage was to Charity Elizabeth (Crim) Brown in Centralia on September 24, 1890. Charity was a widow with three young children.
Their son, George Cleveland, was born on December 15, 1891. They were divorced a few years later.
- Ann Cochran (1790 - 1861)
- James C. Cochran (1788 - 1859)
- Mary Jane Washington (1840 - 1889)*
George Cleveland Washington (1891 - 1911)*
Burial: Washington Lawn Cemetery Centralia Lewis County Washington, USA
Created by: Virginia Brown Record added: Mar 19, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34975995
Find A Grave Memorial# 34975995