Should Jane Randle be Removed from the Randolph Family?

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The question has been raised that Jane Randle Cheek is not a member of the William and Mary Randolph family. Should she be removed?
WikiTree profile: Jane Cheek
asked in The Tree House by Lynden Rodriguez G2G6 Mach 2 (21.9k points)
I would suggest putting in her biography that there may be a question of her being a member of the Randolph family.


Any (or all) of the spellings (Randal/Randle/Randoplh could be the result of the spelling of a clerk, a non member of the family.
Sorry - I can't contribute to this question because I don't know anything about it, but I was interested enough to look at Jane Cheek's profile.  I was fascinated to discover the family's history in an area of Virginia not far from where I used to live and I also noted names that are very familiar to me because they are fairly common where I now live in Grant, Alabama.  There is a small community about 2 or 3 miles out of the city limits of Grant that is named Swearengen and many people here have that last name.  The last name Randles (although not Randle) is also a common one here - in fact, I live on Randles Road and my next door neighbor, whose name is Randles, is the great-grandson of the man who used to own several square miles of property around here - his house was built by his grandfather.

Even though Virginia and North Carolina are prominently the places where that family lived, I wonder if any of them made their way to northeast Alabama.
Many Randolph's (Randel) made it to Alabama.  Sometime in 1819, my own 5 times great grand father Abraham Randolph moved with several members of his family to the Lawrence/Franklin/Morgan county areas of extreme north Alabama.

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What's the primary source for her maiden name?

I'm not sure it's valid to interchange Randle and Randolph as surnames in the 17th century.  That sort of thing happened about 4 centuries earlier.
answered by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (434k points)


  1.  R.L. Moon. (2004-2009) Richard Cheek, Sr., of Beaufort County, NC, Retrieved on 26 December 2015 from The Cheek Family of Alleghany County, NC
In searching out a source for Jane Randle Cheek in Royal Ancestry, I found none. But if there is the possibility of more children by William and Mary Randolph, the connection would then make sense.
But that only gives the speculations.  My suspicion is that there's no actual record of Jane's maiden name at all, and it was only having a son called Randolph that got the rumour mill churning.

One person's idle fantasy becomes the next person's probable and the next person's established fact.

That is my thought. But my question is, should William and Mary Randolph be removed from her profile? I believe, as it now stands, the inclusion of Jane into the Randolph family is a misrepresentation. I would just like a consensus. 

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