lading. If you desire it, we will cheerfully go up to assist in sorting your
papers, forwarding invoices, etc., and in any other instance that you think
I can serve you, I beg that you will freely and without any reserve
command me. I congratulate you upon your little boy's
4 late recovery, and
am madam your hearty well-wisher and obedient humble servant,
Robert Carter Nicholas5
Original not found. Text taken from G. W.P. Custis, Recollections and Private Memoirs of
Washington, New York, 1860, p. 497-98.
Daniel Parke Custis ( 1711-57) was the son of John Parke Custis IV ( 1678-1749) and Frances Parke ( 1687-1715). Frances Parke Custis was the daughter of Colonel Daniel Parke
II and Jane Ludwell. Freeman and all others give the date of marriage between Daniel Parke
Custis and Martha Dandridge as 1749. The Washington-Lee family Bible states they were
married by the Rev. Chichley Gordon Thacker on Tuesday May 15, 1750. Their principal
residence was White House, New Kent County. He died intestate, July 8, 1757.
Bartholomew Dandridge ( 1737-85) was the eldest and younger brother of Martha
Dandridge Custis. He was an attorney and later Judge of the State Supreme Court.
Benjamin Waller ( 1710-86) was one of Virginia's leading attorneys, member of the
House of Burgesses, Clerk of the General Court, and Judge of the Court of Admiralty.
John Parke Custis ( 1755-81) was the third child of Daniel Parke and Martha Custis. They
had four children, in order: Daniel Parke II ( 1751-54), Frances Parke ( 1753-57), John Parke
( 1755-81), Martha Parke ( 1756-73). See
Earl Gregg Swem, Brothers of the Spade, Barrie, 1957,
p. 117-123. (Cited hereafter as Swesm).
Robert Carter Nicholas ( 1728-80), attorney, Burgess for York County, and treasurer of
From Epaphroditus Howle
( August 12, 1757)
Recd August the 12 pf Mrs Martha Custis the sum of twenty one
pounds one shiling and three pence in full of accounts Recd by me
Dite X Howl
DS, Custis Papers, ViHi.
Epaphroditus Howle was an overseer on one of the Custis plantations. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series, Charlottesville, 1988; 6:252, 266, 376. Hereafter cited as PGWC.