New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
John Parke Custis
Born at White House, New Kent County in 1755. Died at Eltham, New Kent County, November 1781, where his body remains.
This marker placed by the Sons of the Revolution in Virginia 1960
While acting as aide to General Washington in the Yorktown Campaign, he became seriously ill and was taken to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Burwell Bassett, where he died November 1781, with General and Mrs. Washington at his bedside.
Son of Martha Dandridge Custis, who later married George Washington; he married Eleanor Calvert and had four children, the youngest of whom were Eleanor Parke Custis and George Washington Parke Custis, who were raised at Mount Vernon by their grandmother and step-grandfather.
Born in 1731 at Chestnut Grove in this county. Married first, Daniel Parke Custis in 1749 and became mother of John Parke Custis. In 1759 married George Washington. She died in 1802 and is buried at Mount Vernon.
Erected 1960 by Sons of the Revolution
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Sons of the American Revolution series lists.
Location. 37° 31.07′ N, 76° 58.716′ W. Marker is in New Kent, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of New Kent Highway and Courthouse Circle. This marker is located on the lawn in front of the New Kent County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Kent VA 23124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martha Washington's Birthplace (here, next to this marker); James Lafayette (a few steps from this marker); New Kent Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Three Structures (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wilson House: Witness to Three Centuries (about 500 feet away); McClellan’s Camp at Cumberland Landing (approx. 1.3 miles away); French Cannon at Cumberland Landing (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cumberland Town (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Kent.
Also see . . . The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. (Submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,403 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.