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Washington and Custis Families account book

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0138

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of an account book kept by the Washington and Custis families. The account book is stained and faded, having been buried during the American Civil War. It consists of 36 leaves containing George Washington's formal record of the settlement of the Daniel Parke Custis estate and of his guardianship of his stepchildren, John Parke and Martha Parke Custis and are in Washington's handwriting, 1761-1773. It also provides the inventories and proposed division of the Daniel Parke Custis estate submitted to the General Court in October 1759. Six leaves include estate accounts for Augustine Washington and are in the hand of Thomas Jett, 1766-1771.


  • Creation: 1757-1773

Conditions Governing Access

Photographic copies of each page are available for researcher use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Custis Lee, 1907. Previously part of Custis papers in possession of Lee family. The account book was buried during the American Civil War.

Related Materials

WLU-Coll-0012: George Washington Collection

Washington and Custis Families account book
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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA