First Lady Martha Dandridge


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First Lady Martha Dandridge

  • Born: 2 Jun 1731, New Kent, New Kent Co., Virginia
  • Marriage (1): President George Washington on 5 Jan 1759 in St. Peter's Church, Kent, Virginia
  • Marriage (2): Daniel Parke Custis in 1750
  • Died: 22 May 1802, Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia at age 70
  • Buried: May 1802, Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia

  General Notes:

Although Martha remained at Mount Vernon when George went to Philadelphia as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, she often accompanied him to his headquarters during the war years. She spent the winter of 1775 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in the spring of 1776, she followed him to New York. In the spring of 1777, she arrived at his headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, but she returned to Mount Vernon for the summer. The next winter she joined her husband at Valley Forge, and later she stayed with him during campaigns in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Grandchildren lived at Mount Vernon

Martha and George Washington raised two of their grandchildren, Eleanor Parke Custis (Nelly) and George Washington Parke Custis (called "Wash" or "Tub") at Mount Vernon. When Martha's son's widow Eleanor remarried Dr. David Stuart in 1783, she and her two eldest daughters lived at the Stuart home in Abingdon, while the two youngest children continued to live at Mount Vernon. In 1784, Martha's 15-year-old niece, Frances Basset, came to live at Mount Vernon. She married George's nephew, Major George Augustine Washington, in 1785.

George Washington was inaugurated president on April 30, 1789. As the wife of the president, Martha lived with her husband and grandchildren Nelly and Wash in Philadelphia until they returned to Mount Vernon March 15, 1797. George Washington died at Mount Vernon December 14, 1799. Martha was widowed for two and one-half years until she, too, died at Mount Vernon May 22, 1802.

Martha married President George Washington, son of Captain Augustine Washington and Mary Ball, on 5 Jan 1759 in St. Peter's Church, Kent, Virginia. (President George Washington was born on 22 Feb 1732 in Wakefield Plantation, Popes Creek, Westmoreland Co., Virginia, christened on 5 Apr 1732, died on 14 Dec 1799 in Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia and was buried on 18 Dec 1799 in Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia.)

Martha next married Daniel Parke Custis in 1750. (Daniel Parke Custis was born about 1730 and died on 26 Jul 1757.)

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