necreavit (necreavit) wrote in little_details,

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Jacky Custis

John "Jacky" Parke Custis - Martha Washington's son who died during the American Revolution. I have a memory of learning that he once had a childhood nickname that went beyond Jacky. Jackybird, or Jaybird, or something like that, something to do with a bird.

If it existed, Google knows nothing of it, but then, it seems to know little about Jacky at all except that he had an affair with a slave woman once. If the nickname existed I probably heard it on a tour of either Arlington Cemetary or Mount Vernon, years and years ago. Can anybody help me out, confirm or deny?

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