Mary Jefferson Randolph

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Mary Jefferson Randolph (1803–1876) was the seventh child of Thomas Mann and Martha Jefferson Randolph. She was born at Edgehill but, like her siblings, spent much of her time at Monticello and occasionally accompanied her grandfather Thomas Jefferson on trips to Poplar Forest. Never marrying, Mary lived at Edgehill, later the home of her older brother Thomas Jefferson Randolph, where she helped her sister-in-law Jane to supervise the household. Mary and her sister Cornelia also visited their other siblings, often serving as nurses during times of sickness. After the Civil War, Mary moved to Alexandria, Virginia, to live with two of her sisters at the home of her niece Martha Jefferson Trist Burke. She remained there until her death. [1]


  1. Edwin Morris Betts and James Adam Bear, Jr., The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville: Univ. Press of Virginia, 1995), 394; Dumas Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1981), 291; George Green Shackelford, ed., Collected Papers to Commemorate Fifty Years of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville: Monticello Association, 1965), 1:151–3.