He lives out the brief remainder of his life in the soft comforts of his wife, who has endured long years of sacrifice both by the absence of her husband and the death of all four of her children.
I misunderstood at first reading that the children referred to weren't also his. It was such a sad statement that it stuck with me. SunkenCiv's post called it back out. No offense meant... just trying to be helpful... poorly.
Thank you for correcting the record.
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No harm, no foul. I think Martha had descendants though... ah, here it is... Mary Anne Randolph Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee) was the grand-daughter of Martha.
Also, years ago (like 35) I recall reading a claim by a Japanese woman that Washington was her ancestor via his affair with a Japanese woman who worked for him.
Probably happened during his attendance at a conference on the planet Mars. ;')
"George and Martha Washington had no children of their own, but the widowed Martha Dandridge Custis had brought two children to the family when the couple married in 1759. John Parke and Martha Parke Custis had grown up under the fatherly hand of George Washington. John named a son in his step father's honor, George Washington Parke Custis. When John Parke was killed at Yorktown in 1781, George and Martha Washington adopted two of their grandchildren. It was, therefore, the step-grandson of George Washington who would receive the estate of the Washington/Custis family. Included in that estate was the 1,100 acres overlooking the Capitol."
Martha Dandrige married Daniel Parke Custis and bore him four children, two of which did not survive early childhood (Daniel and Frances died at ages three and four, respectively). John (called "Jacky") and Martha (called "Patsy") were with Martha when she married George in 1759 and were raised by them (Daniel Parke Custis died and left Martha a widow in 1757).
Patsy had epilepsy and died in 1773 as a result of a seizure. Jacky and his wife Eleanor had four surviving children but he unfortunately died of "camp fever" (probably typhus) while an aide to his stepfather, General Washington.
Two of Jacky's children then stayed with their grandparents at Mt Vernon (George Washington Parke Custis and Nelly Custis) and both of them lived long lives.