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Mary Randolph
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- Robert David Miller
 Added: Jun. 24, 2014
 
A most fascinating story!
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jun. 1, 2014
 

- DENA ANN
 Added: Feb. 16, 2014
 

- Doug Lind
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013
 
Epitaph: "Her intrinsic worth needs no eulogium. The deceased was a victim to maternal love and duty. As a tribute of filial gratitude this monument is dedicated to her exhaulted virtue by her youngest son."
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 23, 2013
 

- Chuck X
 Added: Jul. 29, 2013
 
May GOD Bless You!::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::It is on Major General Benjamin Butler's in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the monument reads."the true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal but that every man has the right to be the equal of every other man - if he can."*NOTE* Middlesex County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts has two county seats. Lowell is one. What is the other one ?Do youall know of any other US Counties which do too?**********"They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies" . ~William Penn
- A AAA American at Find A Grave
 Added: May. 24, 2013
 
Rest in peace 3rd Cousin 6 x's removed
- Dolores Owens
 Added: Mar. 1, 2013
 

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013
 

- sniksnak
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013
 

- MFPS
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013
 

- Debbie Rowe Clarkston
 Added: Dec. 11, 2012
 

- Sophie*s Girl
 Added: Aug. 9, 2012
 

- Deadhead1988
 Added: Aug. 9, 2012
 

- MFPS
 Added: Jan. 28, 2012
 

- Sharon
 Added: Jan. 28, 2012
 

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jan. 28, 2012
 
I light a candle for Mary Randolph ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
 

- MFPS
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011
 

- Kat
 Added: Aug. 8, 2011
 

- Kathy (McPhaul) Cather
 Added: Mar. 14, 2011
 

- lisa greenman
 Added: Jan. 28, 2011
 

- MFPS
 Added: Jan. 28, 2011
 

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jan. 28, 2011
 
May you rest in peace.
- Michael
 Added: Nov. 6, 2010
 

- Kat
 Added: Aug. 9, 2010
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Aug. 9, 2010
 

- Kathy Bergold
 Added: Aug. 8, 2010
 

- Martin W
 Added: Jun. 8, 2010
 

- Marty Stewart
 Added: Jan. 28, 2010
 

- Tom Cummings
 Added: Oct. 16, 2009
 
The contents of the Treasury must be known, and great care taken to keep the expenditures from being equal to the receipts. A regular system must be introduced into each department, which may be modified until matured, and should then pass into inviolable law. The grand arcanum of management lies in three simple rules: "Let every thing be done at the proper time, keep every thing in its proper place, and put every thing to its proper use."So began Mary Randolph's preface to The Virginia Housewife, a cookbook that became so popular it has rarely been out of print since it was first published in 1824.Born in 1762 at Ampthill, her grandfather's Chesterfield County plantation, now the site of the Dupont Company (the house itself was dismantled and moved to Richmond in 1929), Mary Randolph was a member of the Virginia elite, with roots extending back to the colony's formative years. As the eldest child of Thomas Mann and Ann Cary Randolph of Tuckahoe in Goochland County, she grew up surrounded with all the wealth and comforts enjoyed by other members of her class. She and her numerous siblings were tutored by Peter Jefferson, father of the nation's fourth president, to whom she was related by both blood and marriage.Along with her formal education, Mary was trained in the proper household management expected of upperclass women of the time, women who were brought up to supervise large manor houses with surrounding support buildings and numerous servants. While women then were relegated to secondary positions within the family hierarchy, they were in truth the mainspring that kept the household running. These women had enormous responsibilities as well as formidable knowledge, part of which was an awareness of food preparation and elegant entertaining. This knowledge would sustain Mary Randolph throughout her adult life.In 1780, Mary married a cousin, David Meade Randolph, and they settled in Chesterfield County near Bermuda Hundred at Presquile, a 750-acre plantation that was part of the Randolph family's extensive property along the James River. While David Randolph saw to the cultivation of his plantation, gaining a reputation as "the best farmer in the country," as well as a noted inventor, Mary assumed a conventional role, supervising the household, entertaining their many guests and acquiring a reputation as a lively hostess who set an exquisite table. While living at Presquile, Mary bore four sons.Over time, life at Presquile, situated along the swamp lands of the James, proved difficult. According to a contemporary source, the swamps produced noxious fumes that brought on "frequent and dangerous diseases. Mr. Randolph is himself very sickly, and his young and amiable wife has not enjoyed one month of good health since she first came to live on this plantation." By 1798, the family had moved to Richmond, where they built a house, christened "Moldavia" (a combination of their two given names) by a friend. Presquile was sold out of the Randolph family three years later.Richmond welcomed the young couple. Mary, already well known for her accomplishments, "charming manners, and ... masculine mind," quickly established a reputation as one of the city's leading hostesses. As the United States marshal of Virginia under two administrations (that of George Washington and John Adams), David gained attention as an outspoken Federalist, and Moldavia became a center for Federalist society. The Randolphs entertained lavishly. With Mary's knowledge of fine food and entertaining, invitations to dine at the Randolphs' table were coveted.Mary's skills as hostess and cook were so well known, in fact, that they were brought to the attention of Gabriel Prosser, a slave who in 1800 attempted an unsuccessful revolt in northern Henrico County and Richmond. Supposedly, his plans included wiping out as much of the area's white population as possible, but according to local legend, Mary Randolph would have been spared to serve as Prosser's queen -- and his cook! Perhaps this is when she acquired the nickname, "Queen Molly," by which she was affectionately known to her friends.Thomas Jefferson's election to the presidency in 1800 marked the end of David Meade Randolph's career as federal marshal. The two men were on opposite sides of the political fence and Jefferson removed Randolph from office immediately after his inauguration. This, along with business reversals, caused a rapid decline in the Randolphs' fortunes and by 1802, they had listed Moldavia for sale.Within a few years, their financial situation had become critical, and Mary stepped in. She was determined to see her family taken care of, and took what was then a highly unorthodox step for an upperclass woman. In March, 1808, an advertisement appeared in The Richmond Virginia Gazette: "Mrs. RANDOLPH Has established a Boarding House in Cary Street, for the accommodation of Ladies and Gentlemen. She has comfortable chambers, and a stable well supplied for a few Horses." Putting her abilities as a hostess together with her knowledge of good food and elegant presentation, Mary achieved instant success. The Randolphs' boarding house was considered a place where "wit, humor, and good-fellowship prevailed, but excess rarely."By 1819, the Randolphs had given up their business enterprise and moved to Washington, where they lived with one of their sons. There, Mary Randolph decided to compile her culinary knowledge to paper, and in 1824, her book, The Virginia Housewife, was published. It won immediate success: a second addition followed within a year, and Mary was preparing yet another when she died in January, 1828.With Mary's advanced culinary knowledge, her splendid recipes, and detailed advice to housewives, the book remained a standby, going into many editions throughout the 19th century. It continues to appear in facsimile even today.While The Virginia Housewife is seen by some as a quaint reminder of culinary traditions long gone by, the book is viewed by today's social historians as an important historical document in which dining habits of the Virginia elite can be examined. As noted culinary historian, Karen Hess, wrote, "The most influential American cookbook of the 19th century was The Virginia Housewife ... There are those who regard it as the finest book ever to have come out of the American kitchen, and a case may be made for considering it to be the earliest full-blown American cookbook. [it] may be said to document the cookery of the early days of our republic."Chesterfield County can take pride in claiming Mary Randolph as a native daughter, an exemplary woman, and role model. Her courage and determination, her willingness to step off her pedestal to see that her family survived, and her ability to plunge into the world of business, mark her as a pioneer and role model to those who followed.She was the godmother of Mary Randolph Custis who Married Robert E Lee
- Debbie Rowe Clarkston
 Added: Sep. 6, 2009
 
RIP
- Cindy
 Added: Aug. 9, 2009
 

- Sharon
 Added: Aug. 9, 2009
 
Author of "The Virginia House-Wife" (1824), the first American regional cookbook
- GeoWPC
 Added: Apr. 7, 2009
 
Rest in peace...
- )O(mphcs)O(
 Added: Jan. 28, 2009
 

- Marty Stewart
 Added: Jan. 28, 2009
 

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jan. 28, 2009
 

- LINDA /the night nurse
 Added: Jan. 28, 2009
 
May you be in God's care on this anniversary day
- Cindy
 Added: Jan. 28, 2009
 

- Katie Grimmett Jones
 Added: Aug. 19, 2008
 

- shelby
 Added: Aug. 9, 2008
 

- Marty Stewart
 Added: Aug. 9, 2008
 

- anny
 Added: Feb. 1, 2008
 

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jan. 28, 2008
 
God grant her mercy on this anniversary day
- Cindy
 Added: Jan. 28, 2008
 

- Cemetery Man
 Added: Jan. 28, 2008
 
Mary, you were the first, God help us will there ever be a last... Rest In Peace...Mary's tombstone inscription reads: "In the memory of Mrs. Mary Randolph, Her intrinsic worth needs no eulogium. The deceased was born The 9th of August, 1762 at Amphill near Richmond, Virginia And died the 23rd of January 1828 In Washington City a victim to maternal love and duty."Mary was the cousin of Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington Parke Custis, the builder of Arlington House. Mary was the godmother of George and Mary's daughter, Mary Randolph Custis, who married Robert E. Lee. It was this link to Robert E. Lee when the Civil War started that set in motion the process of the Custis home and land becoming what is today Arlington National Cemetery.
- Beverly Joe Vaughn
 Added: Jan. 11, 2008
 

- Shannon Stiefer
 Added: Aug. 9, 2007
 
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