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Isham Randolph (December 1684[1] – November 1742),[2] sometimes referred to as Isham Randolph of Dungeness,[3] was the maternal grandfather of United States President Thomas Jefferson. Randolph was a planter, a merchant, a public official, and a shipmaster.[4]

Isham Randolph
BornDecember 1684
DiedNovember 1742 (aged 57)
Jane Lilburne Susan Rogers
(m. 1717; his death 1742)
Children9, including Jane
Parent(s)William Randolph
Mary Isham
RelativesThomas Jefferson (grandson)
Charles Lilburn Lewis (grandson)
James Pleasants (grandson)


Early life and careerEdit

Randolph was born on the Turkey Island plantation in Henrico County, Virginia in December 1684.[5] He was the third son of William Randolph (1650–1711) and Mary Isham (ca. 1659–1735).[6] His father was a colonist, landowner, planter, and merchant who served as the 26th Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Following his father, he was a prominent planter, merchant, public official, and also was a shipmaster.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1717, Randolph married Jane Lilburne Susan Rogers in London[2] at St. Paul's Church in the Shadwell parish (today east London). Isham and Jane Randolph moved to Virginia. Together, they had nine children[nb 1] and was familially connected to many other prominent individuals:

Randolph died in November 1742.[2]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Robert Isham Randolph, whose grandfather's grandfather was Thomas Randolph, wrote that various sources erroneously treat sons Thomas and Isham as one child named "Thomas Isham". He also noted that some sources list birthdates for the children well after Isham Randolph of Dungeness had died in 1742.[2]


  1. ^ Glenn, Thomas Allen, ed. (1898). "The Randolphs: Randolph Genealogy". Some Colonial Mansions: And Those Who Lived In Them : With Genealogies Of The Various Families Mentioned. 1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Henry T. Coates & Company. p. 456.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Randolph, Robert Isham (October 1937). "The Sons of Isham Randolph of Dungeness". The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Virginia Historical Society. 45 (4): 383–386. JSTOR 4244820.
  3. ^ a b McAllister, John Meriwether; Tandy, Lura Boulton, eds. (1906). "Charles Lewis". Genealogies of the Lewis and Kindred Families. Columbia, Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publishing Company. p. 101.
  4. ^ a b Custis, John (2005). Zuppan, Josephine Little (ed.). The Letterbook of John Custis IV of Williamsburg, 1717-1742. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. p. 47. ISBN 9780945612803.
  5. ^ Glenn, p. 450.
  6. ^ Glenn, p. 458.
  7. ^ a b c d e Page, Richard Channing Moore (1893). "Randolph Family". Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (2 ed.). New York: Press of the Publishers Printing Co. pp. 263–264.
  8. ^ Sorley, Merrow Egerton (2000) [1935]. "Chapter 13: Col Charles Lewis of Buck Island". Lewis of Warner Hall: The History of a Family. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. ISBN 9780806308319.
  9. ^ a b Abbot, Willis John (1895). "The Harrison Family". Carter Henry Harrison: A Memoir. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. pp. 1–23.