George Washington Papers

III-C-2. Schedule C: Account of John Parke Custis’s Share of the Estate, c.October 1759

III-C-2

Schedule C: Account of John Parke Custis’s Share of the Estate, 1759

[c.October 1759]

Dr
Mr John Parke Custis Sterling Currency
To ⅔ of the Negroes appraisd at1 £5972. 1. 6
To sundries as by the several Inventories2 2026.17. 9
To Sundries out of the Goods Importd3 £571. 4.1 1/2
To ⅓ of £540.14.5 made use of for the Estate before Division4 180. 4. 9 1/2
To Jno. Richmond[,] Taylor 4. 6.11 1/2
To Witnesses attend[anc]e in a Suit re Foster5 435 [lbs. tobacco]
To Lewis Webb for 7 dozn buttons . 7. 9
To Jas Darnforth mendg Buckles . 2.  
To George Heath makg Cloaths .12. 9
To Jno. Jas Hulet for his part of the Mill 50.  .  
To Jno. Palmer for drawg the Deed 1. 1. 6
Tobo 435. £571. 4.1 1/2 £8235.15.      
Contra             Cr.
Sterling Currency
By his third of the Estate £1617.18.  £7618. 7.11 1/2

D, ViHi: Custis Papers; D, ViLxW: Washington’s Account Book, both in GW’s hand and virtually identical. There is also John Mercer’s earlier draft (see source note, doc. III-C–1). As in the case of his mother (see doc. III-C–1), John Parke Custis is charged with the value of assets already assigned and is credited with one-third of the net assets brought over from the general account. GW subsequently initiated an account for young Custis in his Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 64, with an entry dated October 1759. GW dropped this account (only the contra side of this particular account in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends is legible) and in 1761 opened his guardian account for John Parke Custis, carrying over the balances (not struck here) in doc. III-C–2 by entering £1,046.13.10½ sterling as due him and £617.7.0½ current money on the debit side (doc. IV-B).

1See the credit side of the General Account of the Estate (doc. III-B).

2See doc. III-A–5. In his draft, John Mercer broke down the “sundries” in this way: “To ⅔ of the Cattle 1043.10.8”; “To Cattle short deliverd Colo. Washington £100”; “To 35 Horses Mares & Colts £164”; “To ⅔ of the Hogs 154.14.4”; “To ⅔ of the Sheep 37.17.4”; “To all the sd Late 187.0.6,” all of which totals £1,687.2.10 (ViHi: Custis Papers).

3See doc. III-A–8.

4See doc. III-A–4.

5In the Custis Papers (ViHi) there is an order headed “At a Court held for New Kent County the 10th of August 1758” and signed by the county clerk William Clayton which reads: “On the Motion of Anthony Waddy a witness for Francis Foster at the Suit of John Parke Custis an Infant by Martha Custis his next Friend It is ordered That the said Foster pay him four hundred and Ten pounds of Tobacco for Two Daies attendance and Travelling Sixty Miles twice and returning According to Law.”

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