Lewis, Nelly Custis, 1779-1852

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Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis (1779-1852): Eleanor was born on March 31, 1779. She was the youngest granddaughter of Martha Washington and the step-granddaughter of George Washington. After her father John Parke Custis’ death in 1781 and her mother, Eleanor Calvert Custis’ marriage to Dr. David Stuart, Eleanor and her brother George Washington Parke Custis began living with the Washingtons. In 1799, Eleanor married Washington’s nephew, Lawrence Lewis. Of their eight children, only one son and three daughters lived to maturity. Eleanor and Lawrence remained at Mount Vernon until Martha Washington’s death in 1802 and subsequently moved to Woodlawn Plantation upon its completion in 1805. Throughout her life, Nelly regarded herself as the preserver of George Washington’s legacy. She died at Audley Plantation on July 15, 1852 and is buried at Mount Vernon in the family tomb.
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creatorOf Butler, Frances Parke Lewis, 1799-1875,. Lewis family letters, 1827-1832. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Fairfax County (Va.). Papers, ca. 1743-1793. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Collection of miscellaneous papers relating to the Revolution, 1777-1782 Houghton Library
referencedIn Mason, Thomson Francis, 1785-1838. Papers, 1778-1886; (bulk 1778-1884). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Martha Washington Collection [Mount Vernon], 26 June 1761 - 11 July 1802 Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. Autograph letter signed : Mount Vernon, to George Deneale, Clerk of Fairfax County Court, 1799 Feb. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lewis, Nelly Custis, 1779-1852. [Pin cushion]. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Sartain, John, 1808-1897,. [The Washington family] [graphic] / painted by Edward Savage ; engraved by J. Sartain. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Stewart, Francis B., Mrs.,. Mrs. Francis B. Stewart collection [manuscript], 1745-1918. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Alderman, Edwin Anderson, 1861-1931,. Papers of the Harrison, Smith and Tucker families:, 1790-1936. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Tucker, Maria Ball Carter 1784-1823. Commonplace book. [manuscript], 1815-1819. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lewis, Nelly Custis, 1779-1852. ALS, 12 Jan. 1800, Mount Vernon, to Mary Stead Pinckney. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Lewis, Eleanor Parke (Custis), 1779-1852. Autograph letter signed : Mount Vernon, to Mrs. Wolcott in Philadelphia, 1797 Mar. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Personal papers, 1808-1866 Houghton Library
contributorOf Chapin Collection of Washington & Custis Family Documents, 1758-1829 Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
creatorOf Custis family,. [Martha Custis albums] Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Custis, Eleanor Parke. Custis, Eleanor Parke : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Page, James Jellis, 1822-1898. Papers, 1843-1972. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Lee, George Bolling, 1872-1948. Papers, 1732-1870 bulk (1824-1868). Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Custis-Lee-Mason families. Letters, 1756-1863. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Custis, Frances Parke, 1685-ca.1715. Cookbook, 18th century. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Butler, Edward George Washington, 1800-1888. Papers, 1821-1888. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
contributorOf Elizabeth Bordley Gibson Collection, 1794 -1851 Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
creatorOf Custis, Eleanor Parke. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. Autograph letter signed : La Grange, to Nelly Custis Lewis, 1826 Jan. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lewis, Lawrence, 1767-1839. ALS : Charles Town, Va., to George Washington, 1799 Jan. 10. Rosenbach Museum & Library
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associatedWith Butler, Edward George Washington, 1800-1888. person
associatedWith Conrad, Charles Magill, 1804-1878, person
associatedWith Custis, Frances Parke, 1685-ca.1715. person
associatedWith Custis-Lee-Mason families. person
associatedWith Fairfax County (Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gibson, Elizabeth Bordley, person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834, person
associatedWith Lee, George Bolling, 1872-1948. person
associatedWith Lewis, Lawrence, 1767-1839. person
associatedWith Mason, Thomson Francis, 1785-1838. person
associatedWith Page, James Jellis, 1822-1898. person
associatedWith Pinckney, Mary Stead, ca. 1751-1812, person
associatedWith Sartain, John, 1808-1897, person
correspondedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Stewart, Francis B., Mrs., person
associatedWith Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850, person
associatedWith Tucker, Maria Ball Carter 1784-1823. person
associatedWith Washington family. family
associatedWith Washington family. family
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
associatedWith Washington, Martha, 1731-1802. person
associatedWith Wolcott, Elizabeth (Stoughton), person
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Philadelphia (Pa.)
Virginia
Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate)
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Plantation life--18th century
Women--Education--18th century
Slaves--Social conditions--18th century
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Photographers
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Birth 1779-03-31

Death 1852-07-15

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