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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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Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:42:29 -0700

-The Virginia Housewife, Mrs. Mary Randolph, 1824. The Virginia Housewife is often cited as the most influential American cookbook of the 19th century. Her brother, Thomas Randolph Mann Jr. was the son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson and the families spent ...
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 ...

Coastal Review Online

Coastal Review Online
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:56:15 -0700

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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 ...
New York Times
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:29:26 -0700

There are other do-it-yourself resources for executors, including exhaustive books like “The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust,” written by Mary Randolph, a lawyer, and published by Nolo.com. For professionals, there are software ...

Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:30:17 -0700

-The Virginia Housewife, Mrs. Mary Randolph, 1824. Advertisement. The Virginia Housewife is often cited as the most influential American cookbook of the 19th century. Her brother, Thomas Randolph Mann Jr was the son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson and the ...

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