Will of Martha Jefferson Randolph

I Martha Randolph formerly of Albemarle but now a temporary resident of Boston, being of sound mind, and in my ordinary state of health, make my last will and testament in manner and form as follows I give to my daughters Ellen Cornelia Virginia and Mary & Septimia the debt due me by the University of Virginia to be equally divided between them—

I give to my sons Benjamin and Lewis my two negro men Ferrell and Stephen and to Lewis my woman Martha Ann—Knowing the difficulties and embarrassments which my eldest son Thomas Jefferson has encountered as Security and Executor of my father’s estate and with the intent of saving him and his children from any molestation on that account I release him from any claim, or demand, which any of my descendants might bring against him as Executor of my father, I give to him his Grandfather’s picture by Stuart (the full face) my four silver vegetable dishes compleat—lastly any property I may leave not otherwise disposed of —In witness that this is my will I have written the whole with my own hand (on two pages & have subscribed my name to each of them) this day of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty 6 January 24th

Martha Randolph


Mary J. Randolph

At a Court held for Albemarle County on the 8th November 1836

An Instrument of writing purporting to be the last will & Testament Martha Randolph decd was this day produced in open Court & the hand writing of the deceased, proved by the oath of Alexander Garrett and Samuel Carr—Whereupon the said Instrument of writing is ordered to be recorded

Ira Garrett C.C.
MS (Albemarle Co. Will Book, 12:270–71). Tr (Vi: Chancery Causes, Case No. 1892-022CC, Albemarle County Circuit Court, Heirs of Thomas Jefferson Randolph v. Heirs of Thomas Jefferson Randolph); with docketing by a clerk: “Randolph Martha Will & qualification of T. J. R. as Admr Exhibit no 9 filed with the Bill Copy Jany 10th 76.”
Date Range
January 24, 1836
Albemarle Co. Will Book 12:270–71