Martha Dandridge is born
Martha Dandridge (later known as Martha Washington) is born on June 2, 1731 at Chestnut Grove, a plantation in New Kent County, Virginia.
Martha Dandridge Custis marries George Washington, almost a year after they initially start courting. She moves to Mount Vernon in the spring with her two children.
Patsy's health declines
Martha's daughter, Patsy, experiences frequent seizures. The Washingtons start looking for treatments from various doctors, becoming more desperate as the seizures increase.
The Washingtons go to war
Martha Washington accompanies her husband to war, staying with him at every single winter encampment of the American Revolution. She is inoculated from Smallpox in 1776 and assists the wives of officers in sewing, comforting the wounded, and hosting social events.
Nelly's father dies
Nelly's father, Jacky, dies at Yorktown on November 5, 1781. Martha Washington now has no living children left. Nelly and one of her siblings, George Washington Parke Custis ("Washy") move to Mount Vernon to be raised by Martha and George Washington.
The family moves to New York
Martha, Nelly, and several enslaved individuals leave for New York, where George Washington is serving as President. It takes them eleven days to make the journey. Nelly begins to receive schooling in spelling, reading, embroidery, dancing, and French. Martha gives Nelly music lessons, and is rather strict in her instruction.
The family moves to Philadelphia a year later when the seat of government is moved. Nelly continues to receive schooling.
The family returns to Mount Vernon
George Washington resigns from the Presidency and brings his family back to Mount Vernon, where they entertain many visitors for the next two years.
Nelly marries Lawrence Lewis
Nelly marries George Washington's nephew, Lawrence Lewis, on February 22nd, 1799.
Nelly has her first child
Nelly gives birth to her firstborn on November 30, 1799 - just seventeen days before George Washington's death. George Washington gives the newborn child "the last blessing he ever gave to anyone."
Martha Washington dies
Martha Washington dies at around noon, surrounded by her friends and family.
Nelly and Lawrence Move
Nelly Custis and Lawrence Lewis move to Woodlawn Plantation shortly after Martha's death.
Nelly Custis dies
Nelly Custis passes away in July of 1852. Out of her eight children, only three survive until adulthood. Her husband passed about thirteen years prior, in 1839.