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Frances ("Fanny") Bassett Washington Lear
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Frances ("Fanny") Bassett Washington Lear
Second Wife of Tobias Lear

Like Tobias, Frances had lost her spouse two years before their marriage. A niece of Martha Washington, she was previously married to Augustine Washington who was a nephew of George! She had one daughter Mary, and died in 1796, soon after her marriage to Tobias. The Washingtons gave them a small farm called River Woods (still open to the public today) as a wedding gift.

Image from: "The Checkered Career of Tobias Lear" by Raymond Brighton, Portsmouth Marine Society, Portsmouth, NH, 1985 Credited Courtesy of Mount Vernon Ladies Association


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