Mary Lee Fitzhugh


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Mary Lee Fitzhugh

  • Born: 22 Apr 1788, Chatham, Stafford Co., Virginia
  • Marriage: George Washington Parke Custis on 7 Jul 1804
  • Died: 23 Apr 1853 at age 65

  General Notes:

Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis was an Episcopal lay leader in Alexandria County (now Arlington County, Virginia, USA). The daughter of Ann Randolph Fitzhugh and William Fitzhugh (1741-1809), a member of the Continental Congress, she was most likely born at Chatham, in Stafford County, Virginia. On July 7, 1804, she married George Washington Parke Custis, an orator, playwright, and writer. They lived at Arlington, an 1,100-acre plantation in Alexandria County, Virginia. Of their four daughters, only Mary Anna Randolph Custis, who later married Robert Edward Lee, survived childhood.

Custis was a member of a family network in northern Virginia that helped revive the state's Episcopal Church in the first part of the nineteenth century. She particularly influenced her cousin Bishop William Meade. Custis promoted Sunday schools and supported the work of the American Colonization Society.

She died at Arlington on April 23, 1853, and was buried on the estate.

Mary married George Washington Parke Custis, son of John "Jack" Parke Custis and Eleanor Calvert, on 7 Jul 1804. (George Washington Parke Custis was born on 30 Apr 1781 and died on 10 Oct 1857.)

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