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Mason Lock Weems I

Also Known As: "Parson Weems"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Anne Arundel, MD, United States
Death: March 23, 1825 (65)
Beaufort, SC, United States
Place of Burial: Woodbridge, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of David Hamilton Weems and Esther Weems
Husband of Frances Weems
Father of Frances Ewell Weems 1796; Susan Ann Weems; Jesse Ewell Weems; Mason Locke Weems II; Charlotte Ewell Weems and 4 others
Brother of Willimina Weems; Susannah Morton; Esther Weems; Anne Weems; Richard Weems and 1 other
Half brother of Colonel John Weems; David Weems 1729; James Weems; Thomas Lane Weems; William Lock Weems and 2 others

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About Mason Lock Weems I

Mason Locke Weems, better known as Parson Weems

George Washington's first biographer, he is best known as the source of some of the apocryphal stories about George Washington. The famous tale of the cherry tree ("I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet") is included in The Life of Washington (1800), Weems' most famous work. This nineteenth-century bestseller depicted Washington's virtues and provided an entertaining and morally instructive tale for the youth of the young nation.

Parson Weems was the owner of Bel Air Estate in Woobridge, Virginia, built around 1740. George and Martha Washington actually slept here during their honeymoon on their way to Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson was once a guest, too. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Mason Lock Weems I's Timeline

October 1, 1759
Anne Arundel, MD, United States
May 1, 1796
Age 36
Prince William, VA, United States
July 7, 1798
Age 38
Prince William, VA, United States
June 2, 1799
Age 39
Prince William, VA, United States
January 7, 1801
Age 41
Prince William, VA, United States
May 7, 1804
Age 44
Prince William, VA, United States
July 10, 1806
Age 46
Prince William, VA, United States
December 12, 1808
Age 49
Prince William, VA, United States
December 10, 1809
Age 50
Prince William, VA, United States
March 23, 1825
Age 65
Beaufort, SC, United States