Mary Custis Lee

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Mary Custis Lee

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Ravensworth, Virginia
Death: Died in Homestead Hotel, Hot Springs, Va
Place of Burial: Wash. & Lee Univ, Lexington, , VA.
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee (CSA) and Mary Ann Randolph Lee (Custis)
Sister of Major Gen. George Washington Custis Lee (CSA); Nancy C Lee; Maj. General W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee (CSA); Anne Carter Lee; Eleanor Agnes Lee and 2 others

Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Mary Custis Lee

Mary Custis Lee (1835–1918) was the eldest daughter of General Robert E. Lee (1807–1870) and Mary Anna Randolph (Custis) Lee (1807–1873) of Arlington House in what is now Arlington, Va. Very close to her father, she never married and traveled the world and the United States after her parents' deaths.

Mary was the second child and first daughter of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee and she outlived all of her siblings. Mary was recorded as being the most aloof and outspoken of the Lee children and she assumed little, if any, of the responsiblity of helping to run the large Lee household; she was also regarded as "stern" and "bossy" and preferred to be "away from home" much of the time. She loved to travel so much that, in her later years, she roamed the globe almost continuously, collecting visiting cards from nobility and was overseas when World War One began. Mary has the distinction of being partially responsible for her father's move to Lexington, VA and his acceptance of the Presidency of Washington College there and she also has the distinction of being the first person to be cremated and interred in Lexington. After the deaths of her brothers and sisters, Mary was proud to announce to anyone who would listen that she was "the last surviving child of General Robert E. Lee."


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Mary Custis Lee's Timeline

July 12, 1834
Ravensworth, Virginia
November 22, 1918
Age 84
Homestead Hotel, Hot Springs, Va
Wash. & Lee Univ, Lexington, , VA.