This may not solve anything but here is John Bennett Boddie's view
of the Lanier/ Washington connection:
Boddie, John B, HISTORICAL SOUTHERN FAMILIES VOL IV; "Washington of
Sulgrave Manor, England," pp. 149-153.
p. 153, Richard Washington and "his wife Frances had two children
baptized at St. Martin's; Amy 21 Oct 1628 and John, 14 Mar
is of the right age to be the John 'Washington of Surry,
"Frances, widow of Richard, married Ralph Hall 17 Jan
Hall made his will 30 Jul 1658, and mentions 'Mrs. Amy
wife's daughter.' No reference was made to her brother, John
Washington. It is suggested that he could have been absent in
1 Boddie, John B, HISTORICAL SOUTHERN FAMILIES VOL IV; "Washington of
Surry County Virginia," pp. 153-160
p. 153; "It is our belief that circumstantial evidence appears to
that he was the son of Richard Washington of St. Martin's in
Middlesex, and was born there.
"Another circumstance not mentioned in previous chapters is
John Washington of Surry named his only son and child 'Richard'
probably after his father, who had preceded him to Virginia and
returned to die in England."
p. 155; "John Washington came to Surry in 1658 or before. He made a
marriage contract, dated 15 Sep 1658, with Mary Ford, a widow,
of her son, Thomas Blunt, by a former marriage."
p. 155; "John Washington's last and only other transaction in Surry
6 Apr 1659, when he and Benjamin Sidway witnessed the posting
performance bond for 16,000 pounds of tobacco by William
Abrahm Sears, Merchant. (Bk.1,p.31)."
p. 155; "John Washington of Surry died between 6 Apr 1659, and 31
1662/1663 when his widow appears as 'Mrs Mary Briggs.'