About Walter Broadhurst
Col. John Washington married three times: first, Anne Pope. previous to May 11, 1650, daughter of Colonel Nathaniel Pope; second, Anne Gerrard, widow of Walter Broadhurst, who died between Jan. 26 and Feb. 12, 1659; third, Frances Gerrard, widow of Col. Valentine Peyton; widow, also, of Capt. John Appleton, and of Col. Thomas Speke; d. in 1659.
The Anne Washington of Col. John Washington's will was not the Anne Washington, mother of his three children, Laurence, John and Anne, but was the dead Anne therein referred to. The live Anne Washington of the will was the Anne (widow of Walter Broadhurst, that in the interval since his death had married Mr. Henry Brett who also had died; whereupon she married Colonel John Washington).
An old document in the diocesan registry of Litchfield, dated April 12, 1678, stated that Walter Broadhurst, her son, "was granted administration of the goods of Anne Washington, alias Broadhurst, late of Washington Parish in the County of Westmoreland, Va."
In Westmoreland County is recorded a marriage contract between Col. John Washington and Frances Appleton, widow of Col. John Appleton and born Frances Gerrard. This contract is dated May 10, 1676, so, of course, Mrs. Anne Washington, the second, must have died before that date.
Frances Gerrard, daughter of Dr. Thomas Gerrard and his first wife, Susanna, daughter of Justinian Snow, one of the founders of Maryland and Lord Baltimore's factor in the Indian traders, married, first, Col. Thomas Speke; he died in 1659. She married, second, Colonel Valentine Peyton and had Gerrard Peyton, who died s. p. She married, third, Captain John Appleton, who died between February 25 and April 12, 1676. On May 10, 1676, she entered into a fourth matrimonial engagement, this time with Col. John Washington.
Dr. Thomas Gerrard was for a long time Councillor in Maryland, but was finally banished for taking part in the insurrection of Isaias Fendall in 1659. Before this he had provided a refuge in Virginia having obtained, October 18, 1650, a patent for land and naming among the head rights his wife, Susanna Gerrard, and his children, Susanna, Temperance, Frances, Justinian, and John Gerrard. The same day, October 18, 1650, Walter Broadhurst patented land next to William Hardwick on the west side of "Poor Jack Creek." As Walter Broadhurst had a son "Gerrard," it might be that Anne, his wife, who afterwards married Col. John Washington, was a daughter of Col. Thomas Gerrard, as well as Washington's third wife, Frances.
Capt. John Appleton, b. 1640; d. 1676. A letter is extant from him to "his brother, Mr. Richard Colbourn, near Spittlefield's Gate, London," dated June 12, 1674. He married Frances Gerrard, widow of Thomas Speke and of Valentine Peyton. It is not believed that he left children. After his death his widow married, fourth, Col. John Washington.
Thomas Speke, b. 1603, d. 1659, patented in 1650, one thousand acres of land. He had a son, Thomas, and brother, John, who lived in Bath and Plymouth, England.