William  Randolph II

William Randolph II (1681 - 1741)

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William Randolph II
Born in Turkey Island, Henrico Co., VA.,map
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Husband of — married in Virginiamap
Husband of — married in Bermuda Hundred, Henrico Co., VA.map
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Died in Turkey Island, Virginiamap
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WILLIAM RANDOLPH "Natus Nov. 1681 - Mortuus Oct. 19, 1742" (the dates are inscribed on his grave stone - see the complete, wonderfully biographical inscription included below)

"No family in colonial Virginia was more prominent or more powerful than the Randolphs. "You must be prepared to hear the name Randolph frequently," wrote a French traveler to Virginia in the 1780s, the marquis de Chastellux, who recognized the Randolphs as "one of the mostnumerous and wealthiest" of the "first families" of the colony. When writing Moby Dick in 1851, Herman Melville cited the Randolphs as the quintessential "old established family in the land," the ultimate contrast to those families whose sons were forced into the perilous profession of whaling.
The dynasty was founded by William Randolph I, who, in 1680, established a seat below the falls of the James River. Generations of his heirs developed neighboring plantations, eleven major ones in all. As owners of tens of thousands of acres of land worked by hundreds of slaves, and serving as well as merchants and shipowners, the Randolphs unified, like a modern business conglomerate, affected the economic affairs of the colony. They also influenced the administration of government. Among the Randolph politicians were some of the most accomplished lawyers in the region.
Art patronage by the family increased with its third generation, because of both inherited wealth and the availability in the 1750s of a highly talented portraitist. The Randolph brothers and sisters awarded the artist John Wollaston, multiple commissions. William Randolph III of Wilton ordered ten paintings. The inspiration for the Wilton collection and for the house itself was drawn from the spectacular gallery and mansion at nearby Westover, Turkey Island, Henrico County.

William Randolph was buried close to his parents in the Randolph family cemetery at Turkey Island, in Henrico County Virginia.

Catherine Knaub writes [1]
"My family and I recently visited the family cemetery of Wm. and Mary Randolph at Turkey Island. The cemetery is on private property and we had to get special permission to copy the info from the tombstones. I promised the owner that I would put the info on the web. There is a 4 foot cement wall around the cemetery with no gate so it was quite an experience. Hope someone out there enjoys reading about our Randolphs." Catherine and her family began their transcription of the gravestones by numbering them from their left as they entered, recording "#5 (was very difficult to read but this is what we believe that it said with many f's for s's)"
Here lieth the Honourable
of Col. WILLIAM RANDOLPH of this Place
And of MARY his wife
who was of the Ancient & Eminent Family
of the ISHAMS of Northamptonfhire
Having been Introduced early into Bufinefs
And praised through many of the (interior)
Offices of Government with great
Reputation and Eminent Capacity.
He was at laft
By his Majesty happy here
and the univerfal Approbation of his Country
Advanced to the Council
His Experience in men and bufinefs
the native Gravity and Dignity
of his Person and behaviour
his Attachment to the Interefts of his Country
Knowledge of the Laws in general
and of the Laws & Constitution
of his Colony in particular
his Integrity above all calumny or Sufpicion
The Acutenefs of his parts
and the Extenfivenefs of his Genius
together with that Solidity of Senfe & Judgement
which was ever predominant in all he said or did
Rendred him not only equal,
but an Ornament to the high Office he bore
and have made him Univerfally lamented.
As a moft able & Impartial Judge.
and as an upright and useful Magiftrate
in all other Respects.
Neither was he lefs conficuous
for a certain Majestic plainnefs
of Senfe and honour which carried him
through all parts of private life
with an equal Dignity & Reputation
And deservedly obtained in the character
of a just good man.
in all the several dutys & Relations of life
Natus Nov. 1681
Mortuus Oct. 19, 1742
Anno Aetaris Gr.

Burial confirmed by a stone laid by the Virginia Conservation Com. in 1946 which reads "HERE LIES WILLIAM RANDOLPH ELDEST SON OF COL. WM. RANDOLPH NOV 1681-OCT. 1742"


  • William was born in 1681. He is the son of William Randolph and Mary Isham. He passed away in 1742. Entered by Janice Hardin, Dec 13, 2011 [1] Janice Hardin. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Janice and others.
  • Arik Russell, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Arik and others.
  • Thank you to Maude Gunn for creating WikiTree profile Randolph-948 through the import of marshall.GED on Dec 6, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Maude and others.
  • Randolph-1264 was created by Jason Panick through the import of Panick Family Tree 2.ged on Dec 2, 2014.


  1. Entered by Janice Hardin, Dec 13, 2011

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On 8 Dec 2014 at 19:53 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Randolph-1264 and Randolph-6 appear to represent the same person because: data matches (aside from death year difference). Please merge if you agree. Thanks!

On 8 Dec 2014 at 19:51 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

transcript of 1742 will of William Randolph is at http://www.jstor.org/stable/4241889 - pp 263-4

On 8 Dec 2014 at 19:45 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

see page 263 of this article - http://www.jstor.org/stable/4241889

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