John Parke Custis
b.27 Nov 1754
d.5 Nov 1781 Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States
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John Parke "Jacky" CUSTIS 1755 - 5 Nov 1781 ID Number: I18806
OCCUPATION: Rev War
RESIDENCE: Mt Vernon, VA
BIRTH: 1755 DEATH: 5 Nov 1781, Yorktown RESOURCES: See: [S753] [S1241] Father: Daniel Parke CUSTIS Mother: Martha DANDRIDGE 1st Lady of US
Eliza Parke CUSTIS Martha Parke CUSTIS
+George Washington Parke CUSTIS +Eleanor Parke "Nellie" CUSTIS Notes
He was enlisted only a few days when he died on November 5, 1781 of "camp fever." Died of disease while at Yorktown with Gen. Washington. He was sent to King's College in New York. While there, he met Eleanor "Nelly" Calvert and they got engaged. Soon after he had left for New York, Patsy died at the age of 17. Martha was devastated, but told Jacky to remain in school. By December, Jacky wanted to return to Mt. Vernon, and on the way, on February 3, 1774, Jacky and Nelly were wed at Nelly's home Mt. Airy in Maryland, before heading further south.
Jacky and Nelly had six children: Eliza Parke Custis, Martha Parke Custis, Eleanor Parke Custis, a set of twins who died and George Washington Parke Custis. Nelly was in poor health after the birth of her own Nelly and as a result, the young baby was sent to Mt. Vernon to be nursed. With the birth and death of the twins and the subsequent birth of George Washington Parke Custis, he joined his sister at Mt. Vernon.