Custis-Lee family papers, 1700-circa 1928 (bulk 1770-1870).

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Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857. Custis-Lee family papers, 1700-circa 1928 (bulk 1770-1870).

Custis-Lee family papers, 1700-circa 1928 (bulk 1770-1870).

Correspondence, letterbooks, genealogical papers, notebooks, financial records, indentures, clippings, photographs, and other papers pertaining to slavery, agriculture in Virginia, mercantile and financial affairs, social life in Washington and Philadelphia, and to activities during the Revolution, Mexican War, and Civil War. Letterbook (1700-1825) of Richard Bland Lee contains correspondence of his grandparents, Henry and Mary Bland Lee, relating to family finances and business, trade with France, outfitting troops during the Revolution, founding of the new government, and the writing of the Constitution. Transcripts of correspondence (1811-1831) between David Bailie Warden, U.S. consul in Paris, and Elizabeth Parke Custis Law reflects diplomatic relations with France and naval and military affairs during the War of 1812. Robert E. Lee's correspondence (1830-1868) documents his military career as an engineer, his service in the Mexican War, and his role as general-in-chief of the Confederate armies. Correspondence (1837-1872) of his wife, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, pertains to family matters and her efforts to build a church in memory of her husband; her notebooks (1823) reflect the education of aristocratic young women in nineteenth century Virginia. Prominent correspondents include John Adams, John C. Breckinridge, William Grayson, Nathanael Greene, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph E. Johnston, Albert Miller Lea, Timothy Pickering, Mary Pinckney, William C. Rives, Winfield Scott, Samuel Harrison Smith, John Tyler, and Louis T. Wigfall.

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Grayson, William, 1736?-1790

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Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834

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Adams, John, 1735-1826

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Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-1832

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Elizabeth Parke Custis Law (1776-1831) was born on August 21, 1776. She was the daughter of John (Jacky) Parke Custis and Eleanor (Nelly) Calvert. Upon the death of her father in 1781, Eliza’s two younger siblings, George Washington (Washy) Parke Custis and Eleanor (Nelly) Parke Custis went to live with their grandmother, Martha Washington, and her second husband, George Washington. Eliza and her other sister Martha stayed at home with their mother. Shortly after, their mother remarried Dr. Davi...

Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866

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Lee, Henry, 1691-1747

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Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799

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Patrick Henry, born in Hanover County, Virginia, was a symbol of America's struggle for liberty and self-government. Henry was a lawyer, patriot, orator, and participant in almost every aspect of the founding of America. He studied law on his own, and in 1760, he appeared in Williamsburg to take his attorney's examination before Robert Carter Nicholas and others. Henry served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, was a member of the Virginia committee of Correspondence, a delegate to the Virginia ...

Custis family.

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Lee, Hannah Philippa Ludwell

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Lee, Mary Custis, 1835-1918

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Mary Custis Lee was the eldest daughter of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Randolph (Custis) Lee of "Arlington House" in what is now Arlington, Va. Very close to her father, she never married and traveled the world and the United States after his death, and was particular favorite of Confederate veterans and European nobility alike. As unofficial family archivist, Mary Custis Lee collected materials relating to her parents' lives and to the lives and careers of her Custis family ancestors as...

Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786

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Revolutionary War officer. From the description of Papers, 1778-1786. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19593641 Army officer. From the description of Nathanael Greene papers, 1775-1785. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979865 Nathanael Greene was a major general in the Continental Army. He was promoted to Quartermaster General in 1778. From the description of Papers, 1778-1780. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat ...

Lee, Ludwell, 1760-1836

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Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891

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Confederate general. From the description of Letter (copy), 1861 Sept. 11 : Manassas, Va., to G.T. Beauregard. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122489351 From the description of Autograph letter signed : Selma [Alabama], to Colonel Blanton Duncan, 1867 Jan. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270489683 From the description of Letter, October 9, 1861. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 443082432 Benjamin Stoddert E...

Wigfall, Louis T. (Louis Trezevant), 1816-1874

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U.S. senator from Texas. From the description of Family papers of Louis T. Wigfall, 1858-1909. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82561857 U.S. Senator and brigadier general in the Confederate Army. From the description of Letter, 1862. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 39522013 Louis Trezevant Wigfall (1816-1874), educated at South Carolina College and the University of Virginia, became involved in controversial political arguments...

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Smith, Samuel Harrison, 1772-1845

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Lee, Robert Edward, 1807-1870

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Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) served as General of the Confederate Army in the U.S. Civil War and was president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia from 1865 to 1870. Lee spent the first twenty-three years of his military career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From 1837 to 1841 he was superintending engineer for the harbor of St. Louis and the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Robert E. Lee was a United States Army officer, 1829-1861; commander of Virginia forces in the ...

Lee, Henry, 1756-1818

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Henry Lee III (b. January 29, 1756, Dumfries, VA–d. March 25, 1818, Cumberland Island, GA) was an early American Patriot and politician who served as the ninth Governor of Virginia and as the Virginia Representative to the United States Congress. Lee's service during the American Revolution as a cavalry officer in the Continental Army earned him the nickname by which he is best known, "Light-Horse Harry". Lee was the father of Civil War-era Confederate general Robert E. Lee....

Lee, Anne Robinson McCarty, 1798-1840

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Rives, William C. (William Cabell), 1793-1868

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Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792

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Lee family.

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Warden, David Bailie, 1772-1845

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American diplomat, author, and book-collector. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Noah Webster, 1829 Sept. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270659525 Author, book collector, and diplomat. From the description of Papers of David Bailie Warden, 1800-1843. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455374 David Bailie Warden was a diplomat and teacher, and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1809. From the descr...

Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was an American statesman and third president of the United States. From the description of Thomas Jefferson letter, 1809. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367818629 Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third president of the United States, born in Goochland (now Albemarle County), Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1769 to 1775, and with R. H. Lee and Patrick Henry initiated the inter-colonial committee of correspond...

Lee, Henrietta Bedinger, 1810-

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Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857

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George Washington Parke Custis was the son of John Parke Custis who was the stepson of George Washington. Custis' mother was Eleanor Calvert. He grew up at Mount Vernon in Virginia after the death of his father. He married Mary Lee Fitzhugh and lived at "Arlington." His daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis married Robert E. Lee. George Washington Parke Custis was a playwright and agricultural reformer. From the description of Papers, 1832-1856. (College of William & Mary). WorldCat re...

Lee, Mary Bland, 1704-1764

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Lee, Mary Randolph Custis, 1807-1873

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Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee (b. Oct. 1, 1807, Boyce, VA–d. Nov. 5, 1873, Lexington, VA) was descended from several colonial and Southern families, including the Parke Custises, Fitzhughs, Dandriges, Randolphs, Rolfes, and Gerards. She is a descendant from Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, making her a descendant of Charles II of England and Scotland and of William Fitzhugh. She was the only surviving child of George Washington Parke Custis, President George Washington's step-grandson and...

Lee, Charles, 1758-1815

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United States Attorney-General. From the description of Letter, 1813 May 2, Alexandria, Va., to William Broadfoot, Charleston, S.C. [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647825399 Charles Lee was born in 1758. He was brother of Richard Bland Lee and Henry "Light-horse Harry" Lee. A.B. degree from College of New Jersey. Collector of port of Alexandria, Va. Admitted to bar. Served in Virginia General Assembly. Attorney-general of the United States, 1795-1...

Lee, William Henry Fitzhugh, 1837-1891

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James Barron Hope was born 23 March 1829 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the grandson of James Barron and son of Wilton and Jane A. (Barron) Hope. James Barron Hope graduated from the College of William and Mary. He practiced law and was commonwealth's attorney for Norfolk. He married Anne Beverley Whiting. The couple had two daughters, Jane A. Barron (Janey Barron Marr) and Nanny Hope. Hope is known primarily for his poetry, serving as the official poet of the 250th anniversary of the Jamestown se...

Tyler, John, 1790-1862

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John Tyler (b. March 29, 1790, Charles City County, Virginia–d. January 18, 1862, Richmond, Virginia), was the tenth President of the United States (1841–1845) and the first to succeed to the office following the death of President William Henry Harrison....

Lee, William, 1739-1795

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Lee, Thomas, 1690-1750

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Thomas Lee signed as President of the Council. From the description of Land grant, 1750 June 1, to James Taylor. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). WorldCat record id: 9592925 ...

Jay, John, 1745-1829

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Statesman and jurist. From the description of Letter, 1813 Jan. 1. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49243562 Governor of New York State; U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court. From the description of Letter, 1797 October 27 : Albany, to John Trumbull, London. (New York State Library). WorldCat record id: 50806321 From the description of Letter, 1778 January 2 : Poughkeepsie, to Marinus Willet. (New Yo...

Lee, Richard Bland, 1761-1827

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Washington, D.C. resident. From the description of Papers, 1816-1818. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 36200136 American statesman and jurist. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Thomas Jefferson, 1819 Aug. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270598193 American statesman; served as Congressman from Virginia, 1789-1795 and 1825-1827. From the description of Letter : Washington, to the President and Dire...

Lee, Ann Hill Carter, 1773-1829

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Lea, Albert Miller, 1808-1891

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Lea was a U.S. Army topographical engineer and a civil engineer in several places on the United States frontier in the 1830s, and subsequently had a varied career as engineer, businessman, and public official, largely in Tennessee and Texas. From the description of Journal and autobiography, 1833-1835, 1879. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122588419 ...