One of the problems in researching the Surry line is the fact that some researchers still mix-up the two Johns who founded the Surry and Westmoreland branches in Virginia.
It is well known by now that John of Westmoreland was the son of Rev.Lawerence Washington and Amphillis Twigden.
The John of Surry(MY ancestor)was most probably the son of Richard Washington of St.Martins In The Field,Middlesex and Francis Browne.
Further tradition claims that the two Johns were first cousins,the grandsons of Lawerence and Margaret(Butler) Washington of Sulgrave Manor.
We do know for a FACT that John of Westmoreland was,but wheter or not John of Surry was has yet to be verified. His father may or may not have been the same Richard as the fourth son of the above Lawerence and Margaret,but it is not as yet PROVEN that he was.
Fact is the Richard Washington who married Francis Browne may have come from an entirely different line of Washingtons,either related or unrelated to the Sulgrave family.Again we need verifable proof of this.
The two things that are certain about the Richard who married Frances Browne is that: (1)he had two children:a daugther Amy born in 1628 and a son John born in 1631/1632. (2)he was more than likely the same Richard who died in St.Martins In The Field in 1642/1643. Additionally he was probably the Richard who went to Virginia and came back in 1638.(Of course this is speculation,however if he did go and acquire land in Virginia it could explain why John of Surry later made a similiar voyage in 1658,especially if he had inherited any land in the New World from his father.)
Finally the question should be asked why have the Surry and Westmoreland branches been traditionally linked if they were not related in the first place?
I believe this may go back to the death of Gen.Washington back in 1799.
Genealogists back then would have felt an almost patriotic duty to link all white American Washington families together into one whole. In other words any white Washington would certainly have been tempted to find a link to the General and his family, especially those living in Virginia.
Of course the temptation to link all white Washingtons and their descendants to General Washington and his family still holds true today.
In conclusion:The two Washington families of Surry and Westmoreland co.,Virginia have often been confused and intertwined by well meaning genealogists with a desire to link all white Washingtons into one family.It has not been proven wheter or not these families were in fact related, they may or may not have been.
The one thing we can be certain of is that the founders of the two lines were two different Johns,one the son of Rev.Lawerence Washington and the other more than likely the son of Richard Washington of Middlesex,England.
The question now that remains to be solved was:who was the father of Richard Washington of St.Martins In The Field?