General Robert E. Lee A Family History. The Lee Family Tree. Robert E. Lee married Mary Anna Randolph Custis on June 30, 1831. The Lee Family Tree. Mary Lee was the daughter of George Washington Parke Custis. The Lee Family Tree.
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George Washington Parke Custis’ father (George Washington Parke Custis – Jacky) was the son of Martha Washington by her first marriage to Daniel Parke Custis. They also had a daughter named Martha ("Patsy") Parke Custis. When Martha’s first husband died, George Washington adopted Martha’s two children.
By 1864, the military cemeteries of Washington and Alexandria were filled with Union dead, and General Montgomery C. Meigs quickly selected Arlington as the site for a new cemetery.
Meigs, a Georgian who had served under Lee in the U.S. Army and who hated his fellow Southerners who were fighting against the Union, ordered that graves be placed just outside the front door of the mansion, to prevent the Lees from ever returning.