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Susanna Randolph (Beverley)

Birthplace: Turkey Island, Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Death: Died in Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. Peter Beverley and Elizabeth Beverley
Wife of Sir John Randolph of Tazwell
Mother of Beverley Randolph; Peyton Randolph, 1st and 3rd President of the Continental Congress; John "The Tory" Randolph, Jr. and Mary Grymes
Sister of Anne Whiting and Elizabeth Randolph

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About Susanna Randolph

Lady Susannah Beverley Randolph • Born ca. 1692 • Member of prestigious Virginia family • Wife of only knight in the colony • Managed large household • Mother of accomplished offspring • Died sometime after 1754 Early years Susannah Beverley Randolph was born about 1692 and became a wife about 1718 – there are no records of the exact dates. If truly 26 at the time of her marriage, she was rather mature for a colonial bride – but certainly not alone in taking her vows at that age. Her eldest sister was the wife of her husband's eldest brother William, which may suggest how they met. Whatever the uncertainties, there is no doubt that Sir John found her to be an excellent mate, or that she reared children of unusual ability. Truly a lady In almost two centuries of colonial Virginia history, there was only one woman who had a certifiable claim to the title of “Lady” – Susannah Beverley Randolph. Courtesy, of course, bestowed the honor of "lady" on every woman of "the better sort," and certainly most of "the middling class." But she was the wife of Sir John Randolph, the only Virginian knighted from the day Roanoke Island was settled in 1585 until independence was declared in 1776.

Prestigious Virginia family To be a Randolph was to be a member of the most powerful clan in 18th-century Virginia. Sir John was the most accomplished lawyer in the colony, and a public servant of the first rank. But Susannah Beverley brought to her marriage a connection to a family nearly as distinguished. Her kinsmen had been high government officials and prominent planters. One had written a history of the colony in 1705 that was still in print 242 years later. It appears – again the records are silent – that she bore her first child, a son named Beverley, about 1720. Peyton, named for his maternal grandmother's family, was born in 1721. John, known to historians as "The Tory," but sincerely respected by his contemporaries, was born in 1727 or 1728. Her only daughter, Mary, followed, but the year of her birth is uncertain.

Considerable domestic responsibilities Apart from her children, Susannah Randolph had charge of a domestic establishment that was among Williamsburg's largest and best. Moreover, there were three plantations, at least one of which had houses of some sort that may have required her management. Her husband's position required frequent and fine entertaining of clients and associates, an activity that also required her attention. Sir John's obituary in the Virginia Gazette stated: "As he received a noble Income, for Services in his Profession and Emploiments, so he, in some Measure, made a Return, by a most generous, open and elegant Table . . . But the Plenty, Conduct, ____________________________________

Birth: 1692 Death: 1754

Wife of Sir John Randolph and mother of Peyton Randolph. The dates of her birth and death are only approximated, and her burial place assumed.

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 Sir John Randolph (1693 - 1737)

 Peyton Randolph (1721 - 1775)*
 John Randolph (1727 - 1784)*
 Mary Randolph Grymes (1729 - 1768)*
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Burial: Chapel of the College of William and Mary Williamsburg Williamsburg City Virginia, USA

Maintained by: Margaret Lancaster Originally Created by: kimshockey (reb) (inacti... Record added: Jul 13, 2004 Find A Grave Memorial# 9096221

Burial: Chapel of the College of William and Mary Williamsburg Williamsburg City Virginia, USA

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Susanna Randolph's Timeline

Turkey Island, Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 26
Virginia USA
Age 28
September 10, 1721
Age 29
Williamsburg, Virginia Colony, (present USA)
Age 35
Williamsburg, VA, USA
Age 37
Gloucester, Virginia, United States
February 7, 1768
Age 76
Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia