Hancock Custis

Hancock Custis was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the elected lower house of the colonial Virginia General Assembly from Accomack County, Virginia[1] in 1710–1712.

Hancock Custis
Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses
In office
Personal details
BornAccomack County, Virginia
DiedAccomack County, Virginia
ChildrenSons John, Southey, Levin, and Theophilus;
Daughter Leah
ResidenceAccomack County, Virginia
OccupationPlanter, Politician


Hancock Custis was the son of Colonel John Custis and Margaret (Michael) Custis.[2] John Custis was a member of both the House of Burgesses and the Virginia Governor's Council.[3]

Hancock Custis's brother, Major John Custis, was the father of Daniel Parke Custis, first husband of Martha Washington.[2] Major John Custis named one of his sons "Hancock."[4]

Hancock Custis's will, which was proved May 7, 1728, mentions his wife Mary.[2][5] Hancock and Mary Custis's children were sons John, Southey, Levin and Theophilus and daughter Leah, who married Levin Gale.[2][6]


Hancock Custis inherited a farm at King's Creek from his uncle, Adam Michael.[7]

House of BurgessesEdit

Hancock Custis was a Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses for Accomac County, as it was then spelled, in 1710–1712.[8]


Hancock Custis died between the date of his signing the last codicil to his will, August 17, 1727, and a date before his will was proved on May 7, 1728.[9]


  1. ^ Accomack County was spelled "Accomac" until 1940. Accomac, Virginia is the county seat of Accomack County.
  2. ^ a b c d Harrison, William Welsh. 'Harrison, Waples and allied families: being the Ancestry of George Leib Harrison of Philadelphia and of his wife Sarah Ann Waples'. Philadelphia: Private printing by Edward Steen & Co., Inc., 1910. OCLC 2650208. Retrieved March 1, 2013. pp. 97–98.
  3. ^ Harrison, 1910, p. 96.
  4. ^ Harrison, 1910, p. 106.
  5. ^ Nottingham, Stratton. 'Wills and Administrations: Accomack County, Virginia, 1663-1800'. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Originally published 1931. ISBN 0-8063-1589-X. Retrieved March 1, 2013. p. 93.
  6. ^ Hancock Custis's will and codicils identify Leah as his daughter in law but this can not be taken in the modern sense because he also identifies Levin Gale as his son-in-law. Nottingham, 1999, p. 93.
  7. ^ Wise, Jennings Cropper. 'Col. John Wise of England and Virginia (1617-1695); his ancestors and descendants'. Richmond, VA: Bell Books and Stationery Co., 1918. OCLC 5094827. Retrieved March 2, 2013. p. 99.
  8. ^ Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. Volume 1. New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915. OCLC 229136302. Retrieved February 16, 2013. p. 220.
  9. ^ Harrison, 1910, p. 98.