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  • ID: I1106
  • Name: John Parke Custis
  • Given Name: John Parke
  • Surname: Custis
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1755 in New Kent, Virginia
  • Death: 5 Nov 1781 in Eltham Plant., Yorktown, New Kent, Virginia
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  • _UID: FD83E7A992B54D1CA1EFC4C1BE4B7EA1FDB5
  • Change Date: 17 May 2013 at 01:00
  • Note:
    John Parke Curtis (1754-81)
    John was Martha's son by her earlier marriage. He was known as Jackey. He was a man of means through an endowment left him by his father. Even so he apparently tried to cheat his step-father in a business deal. He served as aide-de-camp to Washington, but died of "camp feaver" at Yorktown. He was survived by four young children. His wife remarried and she raised the two oldest childrem The two youngest stayed with Martha and George at Mount Vernon. Elenor (c1779-1952) was known as Nelly. he married a nephew of Washington, Lawrence Lewis. They had eight children, only four of whom survived infancy. She cared for her grand parents in their old age. George Washington Parke Curtis (c1790-1857) was called Wash as a boy. He apparently was a bit of a rascal as a boy, but evebtually serrled down. He served as an officer in the Army. He married Mary Lee Fitzhugh at 23 and managed a small farm on the Potomac. They had four children, but only a daughter survived infancy. Mary Anne Randolph Curtis went on to marry Robert E. Lee, the famed Confederate General. George wrote «i»Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington«/, an important family account of Washington.

    Eleanor and John had seven children, four of whom lived to maturity:
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, "Eliza", (1776–1831), married Thomas Law[
    Martha Parke Custis Peter, "Patsy", (1777–1854), married Thomas Peter[
    Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, "Nelly", (1779–1852), married Lawrence Lewis[
    George Washington Parke Custis, "Wash", (1781–1857), married Mary Lee Fitzhugh
    In 1781, John died of "camp fever" following the Siege of Yorktown.Eleanor's two elder daughters, Elizabeth and Martha, continued to live with her at the Abingdon plantation, while her two younger children, Eleanor and Wash, moved to Mount Vernon to live with their grandmother, Martha Washington, and with Martha's husband, George Washington. John died intestate, so his widow was granted a "dower third", the lifetime use of 1/3 of the Custis estate assets, including its more than 300 slaves. The balance of the Custis estate was held in trust for their children and distributed as the daughters married and the son reached his majority. Eleanor's "dower third" was distributed among their children following her death.




    Father: Daniel Parke Custis b: 15 Oct 1711 in Queens Creek, James City, Virginia
    Mother: Martha Dandridge b: 21 Jun 1731 in New Kent, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Eleanor Calvert b: 1754 in Calvert family's Mount Airy plantation near Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County, Maryland
    • Married: 3 Feb 1774 in Arlington, Virginia
    • Note: 2 _PREF Y
    • Change Date: 27 Apr 2016
    Children
    1. Has Children George Washington Parke Custis b: 20 Apr 1781 in MT Airy, Prince George, Virginia
    2. Has No Children Eleanor Parke Custis b: 1779

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