Martha Washington was the first first lady of the United States and spent about half of the Revolutionary War at the front with General Washington. She helped manage and run her husbands' estates and raised her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
John Parke Custis
John Parke Custis, known as "Jacky" when younger and "Jack" as he got older, was around four years old when his mother Martha married George Washington.
Martha Parke Custis
Martha "Patsy" Parke Custis was Martha Washington and Daniel Parke Custis's youngest child. She was adopted by George Washington and spent most of her childhood at Mount Vernon.
Lawrence Washington was the elder half-brother of George Washington. After losing his father, young George looked to Lawrence as a paternal influence, as well as a brother.
Charles Washington was George Washington’s youngest brother. The two corresponded frequently throughout their lives.
Martha Parke Custis Peter
Martha "Patty" Parke Custis Peter was born on December 31, 1777, in one of the second-floor bedchambers at Mount Vernon.
Frances "Fanny" Bassett was Martha Washington's niece. She came to live at Mount Vernon after her mother, Anna Maria Dandridge, passed away in 1777 and became very much like a daughter to Martha Washington.
Bushrod Washington was George Washington’s nephew. He served in the Continental Army, then practiced law, and in 1798 he was appointed to the Supreme Court. He also inherited Mount Vernon after George and Martha Washington died.
John Augustine Washington III
John Augustine Washington III was the great-grand nephew of George Washington and the last private owner of Mount Vernon.
Buried at Mount Vernon
30 members of George Washington's family are buried at Mount Vernon. Learn about who they were and their familial relationship to the founding father.
Raised by the Washingtons
George and Martha Washington did not have any children of their own. However, there were always children at Mount Vernon. Together they raised Mrs. Washington’s two children as well as her four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Family Coat of Arms
Throughout his life, Washington had the family’s heraldic crest applied to such diverse personal belongings as silverware, wax seals, horse-drawn carriages, walking sticks, and interiors of buildings including Mount Vernon, where the coat of arms was featured in the middle of the wooden fireplace mantel in the front parlor.