Edward Randolph (1690 - c.1751) MP

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Birthplace: Turkey Island, Henrico, Virginia
Death: Died
Occupation: ship's captain and merchant in the Virginia trade
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About Edward Randolph

Edward Randolph (~October 1690 – after 1756]), sometimes referred to as Edward Randolph of Bremo, was a ship captain, a London tobacco merchant, and the seventh and youngest son of William Randolph and Mary Isham.


In 1713, Randolph inherited 625 acres of land near the Chickahominy River when his father's will was probated at the Henrico County court in Varina, Virginia. Although known as "Edward Randolph of Bremo", the Virginia Historical Society reported that the Bremo Plantation located along the James River near Malvern Hill and Turkey Island (Henrico, now Fluvanna, Virginia) was actually owned by the Cocke family of Virginia during the 18th century. Randolph "chose a seafaring life" and operated merchant vessels between England and the Colony of Virginia. Residing in England, he met an heiress named "Elizabeth" (whose last name has been noted as "Graves", "Groves", and "Grosvenor") from Bristol, England at a launch at Gravesend, Kent. According to a family tradition, his wife was Quaker and refused to immigrate due to her opposition to slavery (Cowden 1977:804).

The couple married around 1715 and had four children:

  1. Joseph Randolph did not marry.[3]
  2. Edward Randolph (?[nb 1] – April 1757) married Lucy Harrison of Berkeley (the daughter of Benjamin Harrison IV, the sister of Benjamin Harrison V, the sister-in-law of Peyton Randolph and William Randolph III, and the grand-daughter of Robert "King" Carter) in the late 1740s and had two children.[4] Harrison's sisters were married to Peyton Randolph and William Randolph III, Edward Randolph Jr's cousins.
  3. Elizabeth Randolph first married Reverend William Yates, the fifth president of The College of William & Mary, and had three children.[3][5] She then married Theodorick Bland of Cawsons.
  4. Mary Randolph married Robert Yates, the brother of William Yates, and had three children.


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Capt. Edward Randolph of Bremo's Timeline

October, 1690
Henrico, Virginia
December 11, 1724
Age 34
London, England
Age 33
April 7, 1751
Age 60