George Washington had five full siblings and three half-siblings. His father remarried after the death of his first wife, and George was the oldest child of that union. The family was fairly well-off and lived in Virginia.
As a youth, Washington was primarily homeschooled and learned the workings of his family's plantation. His father died when George was 11, and his half-brother Lawrence functioned as head of the family. By the age of 17, Washington was employed as a surveyor. A few years later, Lawrence and his only child died, leaving George in charge of the family estate at the age of 20.