ADS, Custis Papers, ViHi.
George Brett was a local carpenter and shipbuilder. The schooner was used for
commercial fishing in the York and Pamunkey Rivers. See PGWC, 6:252.
Peter Robinson ( 1718-65) was the youngest son of Colonel Christopher Robinson. He
matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1737, resided in St. John's Parish, and represented
King William County in the House of Burgesses ( 1758-61).
The Estate of Daniel Parke Custis
(September 15, 1757)
At a Court held for New Kent County on Thursday the 11th of
August 1757 - Ordered that Benjamin Eggleston, John Blair Junrl John
Prentis2 & Peter Scott3 (or any three of them) appraise in Current Money
the Personal Estate of Daniel Parke Custis Esqr. dec d in James City County
Returning such Appraisment to this Court.
Septr 15, 1757 John Blair Junr John Prentis & Peter Scott were sworn before me.
John Blair, Jr. ( 1732-1800) attorney, Burgess for the College of William and Mary, Clerk
of the Council, member of the Privy Council of the Commonwealth, Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of Virginia, delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention, and Associate
Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
John Prentis was a Williamsburg merchant.
Peter Scott, also rented property from the Custis estate. PGWC 6:252, 253, 273.
William Clayton was the son of John Clayton, the botanist. He was deputy clerk of the
New Kent County Court under Colonel John Dandridge, the father of Martha Custis. When Colonel Dandridge died in 1756, Clayton became clerk and served until his death. He was
a member of the House of Burgesses, the General Assembly of 1776 and 1788, the New Kent
County Committee of 1774, Justice of the County Court, member of the Committee of
Correspondence, Colonel of the New Kent County militia, and vestryman of St. Peter's
Parish. See, Harris, M. H., Old New Kent County, Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and
Places in New Kent County, 1:159-64; West Point, Virginia, 1977. Hereafter cited as Harris.
John Randolph (Ca. 1727-84), attorney, clerk of the House of Burgesses, Burgess for the College of William and Mary, Attorney General for the Crown. Later he was known as "John
Randolph the Tory," to distinguish him from others of the same name and because of his
Tory sympathies during the Revolution.
From Richard Littlepage
October 8, 1757
The Estate of Coll Danl Parke Custis Esqr.
To Stepn Furn Hoomes
To 208 lb of Bar Iron @ 3d P lb|
this day came before me Stephen Furneau
Hoomes & made Oath to ye above Acct. Given|
under my Hand this 8th Day of Octbr 1757