Mount Vernon was home to generations of mothers.

Martha Washington

Martha Washington

Martha Washington raised her two children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren at Mount Vernon. She also helped raise a number of others throughout her life.

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Mary Ball Washington

Mary Ball Washington was the mother of George Washington and five other children.

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Doll

Doll

Doll was the matriarch of one of the largest extended families within Mount Vernon’s enslaved community. By 1799, she had five children, 14 grandchildren, and at least four great-grandchildren living on the estate.

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Martha Parke Custis Peter

Martha Parke Custis Peter

Martha Parke Custis was born at Mount Vernon in 1777 and named after her grandmother. She would become the mother of eight children. Her oldest, a girl also named Martha, was the first of Martha and George Washington’s great-grandchildren.

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Eliza Parke Custis Law

Eliza Parke Custis Law

Elizabeth "Eliza" Parke Custis Law was the eldest of Martha Washington's four surviving grandchildren. Her only child, Eliza, was born in 1797. 

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Priscilla

In July 1798, Priscilla gave birth to Christopher, her sixth living child. Her husband Joe lived on another of Washington's farms and could only visit on Sundays and holidays. As a result of these living arrangements, Priscilla raised her children largely alone.

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