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Grave of Mary Randolph at Arlington National Cemetery.
Mary (Randolph) Randolph
Born Mary Randolph
(1762-08-09)August 9, 1762
"Ampthill Plantation" near Richmond, Virginia
Died January 23, 1828(1828-01-23) (aged 65)
Washington, D. C.
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) David Meade Randolph
Children Richard, William Beverly,
David Meade, Burwell Starke
Parent(s) Thomas Mann Randolph
Anne (Cary) Randolph

Mary Randolph (1762-1828) was an American author, known for writing The Virginia House-Wife (1824), one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century.


Randolph was born at Ampthill[1] on August 9, 1762, the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1794), a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776 and descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, and his first wife, Anne Cary Randolph (1745-1789). The eldest of thirteen, her siblings included Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768–1828) son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson and Governor of Virginia, and the writer Virginia Randolph Cary (1786-1852).[2]

In December 1780 she married a cousin, David Meade Randolph (1760 - 1830) and they would have eight children, four survived into adulthood. Initially they lived at "Presqu'Ile," his plantation in Chesterfield County, Virginia, but built "Moldavia," a mansion in Richmond, Virginia in 1798. Due to their financial situation, the Randolphs were forced to sell their home in 1804 and by 1808 were operating a boarding house in Richmond.[3]

In 1819 they moved to Washington, D. C. where she wrote the book, first published in 1824, and would die on January 23, 1828. She was buried by Arlington House, home of her cousin Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington's adopted son George Washington Parke Custis at what became Arlington National Cemetery.[4]

The Virginia House-Wife[edit]

Randolph's influential housekeeping book The Virginia House-Wife (1824) went through many editions until the 1860s. Randolph tried to improve women's lives by limiting the time they had to spend in their kitchens. The Virginia House-Wife included many inexpensive ingredients that anyone could purchase to make impressive meals. Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, Randolph's book also introduced to the southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho.[5]

In 2009 Randolph was posthumously honored as one of the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Women in History".[6]

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Chesterfield Observer (subscription)
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:26:15 -0700

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present a free lecture on Chesterfield native Mary Randolph at historic Magnolia Grange House Museum at noon on Saturday, July 25. Local historian Donetta Bantle will portray Randolph, who was born ...
Washington Post
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:04:09 -0700

What would shakshuka be without tomatoes? Where would B & L be without their T? What would Pittsburgh do without its ketchup? They (and we) all owe thanks to one wild, weedlike plant native to South America's northwestern coast. That not-so-distant ...

Lansing State Journal

Lansing State Journal
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:41:38 -0700

And so, when Helen Veit went to gather the cookbooks that would be excerpted in "Food in the Civil War Era: The South," she drew on volumes from the decades before and after the war, from Mary Randolph's "The Virginia Housewife," first printed in 1824 ...

The Detroit News

The Detroit News
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:07:30 -0700

(Rizzoli; $55): When I grow up, I want to be Mary Randolph Carter. Her infectious enthusiasm for all things vintage has led her through a successful career as creative director for Ralph Lauren and now into another incarnation as a successful ...


Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Since coming to Lynchburg TJ has had numerous swimmers commit to swim at the collegiate level, for schools including: JMU, the University of PA, the University of Arkansas, the College of William and Mary, Randolph Macon College, Radford University, ...

The Pilot

The Pilot
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0800

Colleen Kelley said her experiences at St. Mary Parish in Randolph helped her grieve the loss of her brother who died. She became Catholic in 2012 and is pictured with her fiance, Patrick Dugan. Pilot photo/courtesy Colleen Kelley ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:20:34 -0700

There was a moment in the 1980s when many fashionable Manhattanites decorated their apartments like country houses, furnishing them with patchwork quilts, dried flowers and weathered pie safes. The look was second nature to Mary Randolph Carter, the ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Mon, 05 May 2014 09:46:51 -0700

Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, designer and longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren. She is the author of "Never Stop to Think... Do I Have a Place for This," "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of Misspent Life," "For the Love of ...

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