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Mary Randolph

  • Birth 9 Aug 1762 Ampt Hill, Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 28 Jan 1828 Washington City, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 45 Lot Beside the Custis Walk near Arlington House
  • Memorial ID 2286

Folk Legend. Born in Ampthill, Virginia, she was an author noted for America's first regional cookbook, "The Virginia House-Wife" (1824) and was the first recorded person to be buried at what became Arlington National Cemetery. She was the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741-94), who was a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776 and her brother Thomas Randolph was the son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, who served in the House of Representatives (1803-07) and as Governor of Virginia, (1819-22). Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, her book also introduced to the southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho. At the time of her death at age 65 in in Washington City, her gravesite at the Arlington House, was known as the Custis Mansion. The grave, which is located one hundred feet north of the Custis mansion, was noticed as renovation to the house which began in the late 1920s. Thus Mary Randolph was the first person ever buried on the grounds of what would become Arlington National Cemetery.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2286
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Randolph (9 Aug 1762–28 Jan 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2286, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .