George Washington Papers

I. Washington’s Appointment as Guardian, 21 October 1761

I. Washington’s Appointment as Guardian

[Williamsburg, 21 October 1761]

At a General Court held at the Capitol the Twenty first day of October One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty one.

George Washington Esqr. is appointed Guardian to John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis Infants, Orphans of Daniel Parke Custis Esqr. deceasd and thereupon he together with Peyton Randolph Ralph Wormeley and Burwell Bassett Esqr. his Securities entered into and acknowledgd Bond in the penalty of Twenty Thousand pounds for securing the Estates of the said Orphans & endemnifying the Court.1

Ben. Waller

D, ViLxW: Washington’s Guardian Accounts. GW made this copy of his appointment as guardian in his account book. It is marked “Virginia Sc[ilice]t,” the rubric used by Virginia county clerks to introduce an official copy of a document from the court’s records.

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