John Custis was a member of the(1677–1692) and the founder of the Custis family in . He was raised in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, and moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia in 1649 or 1650. Custis became wealthy through land speculation, , and facilitating trade between Virginia and the Netherlands and its colonies. Early in the 1670s he built a mansion in Northampton County and named it Arlington; the house was the namesake of , the nineteenth-century home of the Washington and Custis families. Custis supported Governor during (1676–1677) and was appointed to the governor’s Council in 1677. He retired in 1692 and died in 1696.