In the case of Washington, at least, things were a bit complicated, because of the time and place.
Daniel Parke Custis was the first husband of Martha Dandridge, later Martha Washington. It was this woman who inherited Daniel Custis' estate when he died and she became a widow.
In the 18th century, when an American woman married or remarrried, her property &...
An article in a book on the History of Macomb County, Michigan from 1882 agrees with your connection to the wampum belt (emphasis mine):
There is legend that a beautiful Chippewa girl well known to Gladwyn
divulged to him scheme which the Indians had in view namely that the
next day Pontiac come to the fort with sixty of his chiefs each armed
with a gun ...