This is a very interesting discussion! Here is a place you may not be aware of: Washington Bottom, a rural community in present-day Wood County, West Virginia, was land granted to George Washington for his service in the the French and Indian War. Washington visited the area in 1770, and saw "he saw a bottom of 'exceeding good land' and thought there might be two or three thousand acres of bottom and flat land together."
He had his agent Col. William Crawford survey it for him in the summer of 1771. Washington received a grant for this survey from the governor of Virginia in Dec 1772. Col. Crawford reported at the time that they were having a hard time keeping squatters from settling on the land, and recommended hiring men to live on it. Col. Crawford and his brother Valentine became Washington's agents to start a settlement there.
They started clearing/building on it for Washington late in 1774, but with the onset of the Revolutionary War, the few who had settled there were driven out and structures burned. Raids by Indian allies of the British kept them out until the end of the war. The area began to be settled again after the end of the war, although not intensively due to continued raids by Indians until 1793. However, there was a permanent settlement by 1785. A blockhouse called Neal's Station was built south of the Little Kanawha River, at the north end of Washington Bottom, in that year. And, "In a letter written to Thomas Freeman in 1785, he referred to it as the tract 'commonly called and distinguished by the name of Washington Bottom.'" Settlement picked up after General Wayne's ruthless campaign of extermination in 1793 drove the Indians out of the area.
The land was bequeathed to an heir of George Washington after his death, Betty Carter; she sold it to associates of the Washingtons from the Loudoun/Fairfax County Virginia area, who moved their whole extended families there.
So when would you say this place was started, or named? And was it named for George Washington, or by him?
Information from History of Washington Bottom,http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/washbott.html