|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1703|
New Jersey, USA
New Jersey, USA
Nathaniel Fitz Randolph was the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Dennis) Fitz Randolph. He married Rebekah Mershon on 20 Oct 1729 at Princeton, New Jersey. Their children were Eunice, Sarah, Ann, Ruth, Job, Abigial, Samuel, Rachel, Hannah, Hannah,John, Rebecca, Nathaniel and Elizabeth.
Nathaniel Fitz Randolph was the author of the "Book of Records," now in the possession of Princeton University, which gives an account of the branch of the Fitz Randolph family to which he belonged. He also wrote the following account "Of the College at Princeton, New Jersey:"
"When it was reported that a Charter was granted by Hamilton our Deputy Governor for a college to be erected some where in New Jersey, & twelve trustees appointed, I was the first man that proposed to set subscriptions on foot Sd Tower, also I was the first man that drew a subscription for that purpose, also the first man that rode to obtain subscriptions, also wrote twenty papers for that purpose, and helped to spread them. And did obtain about five hundred Pounds as subscriptions under sd Charter. Also after a second Charter was granted by Gov. Jonathan Blecher for a College in New Jersey and twenty five trustees were appointed, the old subscription was dropped. And I wrote about fifteen subscription papers more, helping to spread sd subscription papers in which about seventeen hundred Pounds was obtained.
"I also gave four acres and a half of land to set the college on, and twenty Pounds, besides time and expenses for several years together, but whereas, I did sign but three acres in the subscription, so I took a receipt of some of the Trustees only, for the three acres of land to answer the subscription, and also the consideration mentioned in the deed I gave the Trustees for sd College land, is one hundred and fifty Pounds, I never did receive one penny of it, that was only to confirm title." (signed "Nathaniel Fitz Randolph"
"Jan. 25, 1753, Gave a deed to the Trustees for four and a half acres of land for the college. This is the property on which Nassau Hall now stands." Princeton University writes:
"The four and a half acres of ground given by Mr. Fitz Randolph for the site of the College adjoined his own residence on the King's Highway, now Nassau Street and the Lincoln Highway, behind which was the family burial ground. When Holder Hall was erected on this site in 1909, several old graves were found. No less than thirty-two tombs were discovered, one of them being that of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph. The contents of the graves were carefully preserved in separate boxes and were placed in a vault in the wall of the Eastern arch of the building. A tablet to Mr. Fitz Randolph was placed on the wall. Also in his memory, a descendant (Augustus S. Van Wickle gave the Fitz Randolph gateway, the official entrance of Princeton University, which is opened only at Commencement and upon the occasion of the reception of distinguished visitors."
Benjamin Fitzrandolph (1663 - 1746)
Sarah Dennis Fitzrandolph (1673 - 1732)
Rebecca Mershon Fitz Randolph (1711 - 1770)*
Samuel Fitz Randolph (1741 - 1825)*
Hanna Fitz Randolph Pangburn (1744 - 1835)*
Grace FitzRandolph (1692 - 1705)*
Ruth FitzRandolph Snowden (1695 - 1780)*
Benjamin FitzRandolph (1699 - 1758)*
Isaac Fitzrandolph (1701 - 1750)*
Nathaniel Fitz Randolph (1703 - 1781)
Grace FitzRandolph Johnes (1706 - 1786)*
Wall of Holder Hall, Princeton University
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Aug 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75001641