Person:George Custis (1)

George Washington Parke Custis, Esq.
b.30 Apr 1781
d.10 Oct 1857 Mt. Airy, Maryland
m. 03 Feb 1774
  1. Eliza Parke CustisAbt 1775 -
  2. Martha Parke Custis1777 - 1854
  3. Eleanor Parke 'Nellie' Custis1779 - 1852
  4. George Washington Parke Custis, Esq.1781 - 1857
  • HGeorge Washington Parke Custis, Esq.1781 - 1857
  • WMary Lee Fitzhugh1788 - 1853
m. ABT 1807
  1. Mary Anne Randolph Custis1807 - 1873
Facts and Events
Name George Washington Parke Custis, Esq.
Gender Male
Birth[1] 30 Apr 1781
Alt Birth? 30 APR 1781 Mount Airy, Maryland
Reference Number? Q1508559?
Marriage ABT 1807 Prob. Arlington, Virginiato Mary Lee Fitzhugh
Death? 10 Oct 1857 Mt. Airy, Maryland

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George Washington Parke Custis (April 30, 1781 – October 10, 1857) was a Virginia plantation owner, antiquarian, author, and playwright. The grandson of Martha Washington and step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington, he and his sister Eleanor grew up at Mount Vernon and in the Washington presidential households.

Upon reaching age 21, Custis inherited a large fortune from his late father, John Parke Custis, including a plantation in what is now Arlington, Virginia. High atop a hill overlooking the Potomac River and Washington, D.C., he built the Greek Revival mansion Arlington House (1803-18), as a shrine to George Washington. There he preserved and displayed many of Washington's belongings. Custis wrote historical plays about Virginia, delivered a number of patriotic addresses, and was the author of the posthumously-published Recollections and Private Memoirs of George Washington (1860).

His daughter, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, married Robert E. Lee. They inherited Arlington House and the plantation surrounding it, but the property was confiscated by the federal government during the Civil War. Arlington House is now a museum, interpreted by the National Park Service as the Robert E. Lee Memorial. The remainder of Arlington plantation is now Fort Myer and Arlington National Cemetery.

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