The official story is that George Washington was born, February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia, which later became part of the United States; however, there were tales circulating that Washington was really born in England.
This is not, of course, an eligibility story since the Constitution did not require those of Washington’s era to be natural born citizens. It is, however, a smear. This little-known story is recounted by David Kolb, former editorial page editor of the Muskegon Chronicle, in an article at MLive.com, titled President Obama is in some good company in Birther Land. Kolb quotes Washington’s grandson, George Washington Parke Custis Esq.:
Lord Byron wrote of an age of bronze, but we live in an age of brass; for surely the idea that Washington was born in England is too monstrous an absurdity to be brazened to the world in the nineteenth century.
When I first read the above mentioned article, I thought it might be a spoof; however the rumors that Washington was born in England are real, as evidenced by the following from Notes and Queries, 1857.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register – January 1857 No. 1:
Yes, there were persistent and various rumors that George Washington was born in England, and that his Virgina mother went to England to birth her son, and RUSHED BACK TO AMERICA just in time to have the future president baptized in Virginia and so his false place of birth recorded in the Washington family Bible. Who knows what we would be thinking of the Father of our Country if there had been an Internet in 1776?