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Unformatted text preview: My name is Ma rtha Dandridge Custis Washington. I was born on the Chestnut Grove Plantation in New Kent County, Virginia on June 2, 1731. My family consisted of my father and mother, John Dandridge and F rances Jones, and eight younger siblings (three brothers and five sisters). My schooling, like most girls my age, included home lessons in music, sewing and household management as well as a few years of tutoring at Popular Grove Plantation by a family friend. When I was 19, I mar ried Daniel Parke Custis, who was twenty years my senior. When I was 26, he passed away, leaving me with two infants, a significant amount of wealth and a large inheritance of land. Not long after Daniels death, I met George Washington. I n 1759, at age 27, I mar ried George, who was the commander of the First Vi rginia Regiment in the F rench and I ndian War. As Georges wife, I spent the majority of my time directing the large staff of slaves and servants on the Mount Vernon estate, as well as the extensive amount of harvesting, preparing and preservation of vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, herbs and household products...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2010 for the course ECON 114 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at Bowling Green.
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