Report of the Commissioners
Appointed by the General Court
to Settle the Estate of Daniel Parke Custis
In Obedience to the Order of this Honable Court made the 28th of
Apl in the present Year
1 We have stated a General Account of the Estate
of the said Danl Parke Custis Esqr
2 deceasd from the several Inventories
thereof & having compared the same with the Sales of the Estate as
carefully as we were able it being impossible to do the same with Exactness
by reason of the many Lumping Articles in the said Inventories We
discovered several Errors on both sides the Account but the same being
equal within 50 s which is to the prejudice of George Washington Esqr.
We with his Consent to prevent stating the whole account over again have
agreed to report the Account marked hereto annexed as the General
Account of the said Estate. We have also with the Schedule hereunto
annexed marked C Stated the separate accounts
3 of the said George
Washington in right of himself & of John & Martha the two Children of
the said Daniel Parke Custis according to the Division of the Estate made
between them which in or Opinion is the fairest & most equal Division
thereof that could be made as the Accounts have been so itemized that
it would be impossible to distinguish the several Articles with any
In obedience to the Order of the Genl Court made the 28th of April
in the year 1759 we have allotted & assigned to Mrs Martha Washington
her dower in the land and Slaves of her late husbd D.P.C. as will appear
by a schedule hereunto annexed & marked As has been also stated.
AD, Custis Papers, ViHi. Copy in the handwriting of John Mercer. Another copy in GW's
handwriting is in the Washington Account Book, ViLxW.
At this point, in the Washington Account Book copy, there is inserted the following
phrase: "we have allotted and Assigned Mrs Martha Washington her Dower in the Lands
and Slaves of her late Husband Daniel Parke Custis Esqr. deceased as will appear by a
Schedule hereunto annexed."
See, Inventory of the Estate of Daniel Parke Custis.
The separate accounts are: (1) The Account of Martha Washington's Share of the Estate
of Daniel Parke Custis; (2) The Account of John Parke Custis's Share of the Estate of Daniel
Parke Custis; (3) The Account of Martha Parke Custis's share of the Estate of Daniel Parke Custis.
In the Washington Account Book copy, the signatories were to be Peyton Randolph, Bernard Moore, Burwell Bassett, and Philip Whitehead Claiborne. At this time Peyton
Randolph was attorney general of the colony. Bernard Moore and Burwell Bassett were New
Kent County planters. Bassett was also MW's brother-in-law, having married MW's sister, Anna Marie Dandridge. Claiborne was a King William County planter. Moore, Claiborne,
and Bassett were indebted to MW for large loans she had made them. See, Inventory of the
Estate of Daniel Parke Custis.
The above addendum is written in a different and unknown hand. Neither is its
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Book title: Worthy Partner:The Papers of Martha Washington.
Contributors: Joseph E. Fields - Compiler, Martha Washington - Author.
Publisher: Greenwood Press.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1994.
Page number: 127.
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