New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
John Parke Custis / Martha Dandridge
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 in Virginia.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed 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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1755.
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 walking distance of this marker. Martha Washington's Birthplace (here, next to this marker); Samuel Wilson Crump (1919-1995) (a few steps from this marker); James Lafayette (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); New Kent Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to New Kent (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Three StructuresThe Wilson House: Witness to Three Centuries (about 500 feet 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 Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,488 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 6. submitted on January 7, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.