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John M. Washington's Family

Annie Gordon Washington

Annie Gordon Washington, a free black woman who married the then-enslaved John Washington in 1862, is the subject of this cabinet card portrait taken at the W. L. Price Photographic Studio in Washington, D.C. The image was probably made in 1880, when John Washington sat for a similar portrait.  

Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: W. L. Price Photographic Studio

Created: Probably 1880

Medium: Cabinet card

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Washington Family Birth Records

This page records the names, the birth dates, and the birthplaces of the six sons born to John M. Washington and Annie Gordon Washington. The sons were named William Herbert, John Burnside (the middle name perhaps to honor Union general Ambrose Burnside), James Arthur, John M. Jr., and Benjamin—all born between 1862 and 1873. John Burnside Washington died as an infant in 1865, but the other five sons survived to adulthood.

Evelyn E. Washington, at the bottom of the list, was the daughter of the youngest son, Benjamin Washington, and the granddaughter of John M. Washington and Annie Gordon Washington.

Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: John Washington

Created: Nineteenth to twentieth century

Medium: Geneological records

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

"The Death of, our little Johnnie."

This is the first page of a handwritten account of the death of John Burnside Williams, the infant son of John M. Washington and Annie Gordon Washington. The infant, not quite nine months old, died on March 2, 1865, at 1:20 in the afternoon. The baby had suffered from "wasteing fevers," according to this narrative written by the grieving father. This account was written several months after the infant's death, and Washington took solace in his Christian beliefs: "For Christ says: 'Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.'"

Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: John M. Washington

Created: May 10, 1865

Medium: Handwritten manuscript page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Annie Gordon Washington

    Annie Gordon Washington, a free black woman who married the then-enslaved John Washington in 1862, is the subject of this cabinet card portrait taken at the W. L. Price Photographic Studio in Washington, D.C. The image was probably made in 1880, when John Washington sat for a similar portrait.  

    Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: W. L. Price Photographic Studio

    Created: Probably 1880

    Medium: Cabinet card

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Washington Family Birth Records

    This page records the names, the birth dates, and the birthplaces of the six sons born to John M. Washington and Annie Gordon Washington. The sons were named William Herbert, John Burnside (the middle name perhaps to honor Union general Ambrose Burnside), James Arthur, John M. Jr., and Benjamin—all born between 1862 and 1873. John Burnside Washington died as an infant in 1865, but the other five sons survived to adulthood.

    Evelyn E. Washington, at the bottom of the list, was the daughter of the youngest son, Benjamin Washington, and the granddaughter of John M. Washington and Annie Gordon Washington.

    Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: John Washington

    Created: Nineteenth to twentieth century

    Medium: Geneological records

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • "The Death of, our little Johnnie."

    This is the first page of a handwritten account of the death of John Burnside Williams, the infant son of John M. Washington and Annie Gordon Washington. The infant, not quite nine months old, died on March 2, 1865, at 1:20 in the afternoon. The baby had suffered from "wasteing fevers," according to this narrative written by the grieving father. This account was written several months after the infant's death, and Washington took solace in his Christian beliefs: "For Christ says: 'Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.'"

    Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: John M. Washington

    Created: May 10, 1865

    Medium: Handwritten manuscript page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections