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Mary Randolph

Also Known As: "Polly", "Molly"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States
Death: January 28, 1828 (65)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph, Sr. and Anne Randolph
Wife of David Meade Randolph
Mother of Richard Randolph; William Beverley Randolph; Burwell Starke Randolph and David Meade Randolph
Sister of Thomas Mann Randolph, II, Gov. of Virginia; William Randolph; Judith Matthews; Jane Cary Randolph; John Randolph and 7 others
Half sister of Thomas Mann Randolph and Mary Jane Randolph

Occupation: Author
Managed by: Private User
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About Mary Randolph

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Randolph

Mary Randolph (1762–1828) was an American author, known for writing The Virginia House-Wife; Or, Methodical Cook (1824), one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century.

Biography

Randolph was born at Tuckahoe Plantation on August 9, 1762, the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1794), a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776, and his wife Anne Cary Randolph (1745-1789) who was a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. The eldest of thirteen, her siblings included Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768–1828) son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson and Governor of Virginia, and the writer Virginia Randolph Cary (1786–1852).

In December 1780 she married a cousin, David Meade Randolph (1760–1830) and they would have eight children, four of whom survived into adulthood. Initially they lived at "Presqu'Ile," his plantation in Chesterfield County, Virginia, but built "Moldavia," a mansion in Richmond, Virginia in 1798. Due to their financial situation, the Randolphs were forced to sell their home in 1804 and by 1808 were operating a boarding house in Richmond.

In 1819 they moved to Washington, D. C. where she wrote the book, first published in 1824, and would die on January 23, 1828. She was buried by Arlington House, home of her cousin Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington's adopted son George Washington Parke Custis, at what became Arlington National Cemetery.

The Virginia House-Wife

Randolph's influential housekeeping book The Virginia House-Wife (1824) went through many editions until the 1860s. Randolph tried to improve women's lives by limiting the time and money they had to spend in their kitchens. The Virginia House-Wife included many inexpensive ingredients that anyone could purchase to make impressive meals. Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, Randolph's book also introduced to the Southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho, boldly calling for "poisonous" tomatoes in her Spanish-based recipes.

Honors

In 2009 Randolph was posthumously honored as one of the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Women in History". In 1999, the state of Virginia erected a historical marker in her honor near the site of her birth in Chesterfield County.


Mary Randolph was an American author, known for writing The Virginia House-Wife; Or, Methodical Cook (1824), one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century.

Randolph was born at Tuckahoe Plantation on August 9, 1762, the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1794), a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776, and his wife Anne Cary Randolph (1745-1789) who was a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. The eldest of thirteen, her siblings included Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768–1828) son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson and Governor of Virginia, and the writer Virginia Randolph Cary (1786–1852).

In December 1780 she married a cousin, David Meade Randolph (1760–1830) and they would have eight children, four of whom survived into adulthood. Initially they lived at "Presqu'Ile," his plantation in Chesterfield County, Virginia, but built "Moldavia," a mansion in Richmond, Virginia in 1798. Due to their financial situation, the Randolphs were forced to sell their home in 1804 and by 1808 were operating a boarding house in Richmond.

In 1819 they moved to Washington, D. C. where she wrote the book, first published in 1824, and would die on January 23, 1828. She was buried by Arlington House, home of her cousin Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington's adopted son George Washington Parke Custis, at what became Arlington National Cemetery.

Randolph's influential housekeeping book The Virginia House-Wife (1824) went through many editions until the 1860s. Randolph tried to improve women's lives by limiting the time and money they had to spend in their kitchens. The Virginia House-Wife included many inexpensive ingredients that anyone could purchase to make impressive meals. Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, Randolph's book also introduced to the Southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho, boldly calling for "poisonous" tomatoes in her Spanish-based recipes.

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Mary Randolph's Timeline

1762
August 9, 1762
Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States
1782
October 30, 1782
Age 20
Tuckahoe, Henrico County, Virginia, United States
1789
June 11, 1789
Age 26
1796
1796
Age 33
Richmond, Virginia, United States
1828
January 28, 1828
Age 65
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States