George Washington, like all men in the American colonies, was entrusted with the property and estates of the women and children in his family, including his step-son Jacky Custis. Washington’s efforts to raise Jacky as a disciplined and educated man failed, and Jacky grew up to be a foolish socialite who died in his youth.
Sniffing out the suspicious scent of a French officer encroaching on British Colonial forts, Washington engaged in his first full military skirmish, killing the enemy leader, and starting the French and Indian War.
In 1753, the French Canadiens began encroaching on land claimed by the Virginia Colony. So, a young Virginian gentleman was sent to deliver a letter to their commander and learn their plans.
In the Spring of 1748, when George Washington was 16 years old, he joined a surveying mission into the Shenandoah Valley and the South Branch Potomac River, as was his trade, in the company of George Fairfax, Esq., a dear family friend and mentor.