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Peyton Randolph (September 10, 1721 – October 22, 1775) was the first president to serve under the Continental Congress. He served as president twice, in 1774 from September 5 to October 21, and then again for a few days in 1775 from May 10 to May 23. He never lived to see independence, yet was numbered among the nation's most revered founders. Aside from being the first president of the Continental Congress he aslo served as speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, chairman of the Virginia Conventions,ref>New York Times</ref>
Will of Peyton Randolph
- IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I Peyton Randolph do make this my last will & testament. I give & devise to my beloved wife my dwelling house, lots & all the outhouses thereto belonging in the city of Williamsburg, with the furniture of the same, & also my chariot & horses & all her wearing apparel rings & jewels, all which estates real & personal I give to her heirs, exrs, & adrs. I give to my sd wife also Little Aggy & her children, Great Aggy & her children, Eve & her children Lucy & her children to her & her heirs forever. I give to my wife also the use & enjoyment of my whole estate real & personal, not hereafter given away during her natural life. I give to Harrison Randolph a negro boy called Caesar, the son of Sue to him & his heirs forever. I give to my brother John Randolph the two negro boys such as he shall choose out of my estate which have not been particularly disposed of to him & his heirs, after the death of my wife I give to my sd brother all my estate both real & personal to hold the same during his life except my man Johnny whom in that case I give to my nephew Edmund Randolph to him & his heirs & after the death of my brother John I give all the estate devised to him for life to the sd Edmund Randolph his heirs exrs & admrs, subject nevertheless to the payment of £500 each to his sisters Susanna & Arrianna Randolph for the payment of which sums I allow him four years after the estate shall come into his hands, he paying them interest yearly for such sums as remain unpaid. I do hereby empower my exrs. to sell my books & presses to pay my debts & if that is not sufficient to sell so many of the negroes as they think can be best shared from the use of the plantations to answer that purpose. I do appoint my wife, my brother John Randolph & Mr. James Cocke exrs. of this my will. IN WITNESS whereof I have set my hand & seal this 18th day of August in the year of our Lord 1774
- Peyton Randolph L.S.
- Signed sealed published & declared by the sd Peyton Randolph as & for his last will (he being present at the [signing ?] of this attestation in presence of
- Thomas Mason
- Samuel Henley
- John Pope
- 3 Jan. 1776 All persons who have any Demands against the Estate of Peyton Randolph, Esq.; deceased, are desired to bring their Accounts properly proved. Those indebted to the said estate are requested to make immediate Payment.
- Betty Randolph
- James Cocke
Records of Peyton Randolph in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 401.--18th October, 1784. John Miller and Martha, of the Cowpasture, to William Randolph, eldest son and heir-at-law and residuary legatee of Peyton Randolph, late of Wilton, in Henrico County.
Information on Peyton Randolph
Did you know. . .?
The U.S. had a running government as early as mid-1774:
The real first presidents. These are the names of the men who did run the country before President George Washington.
- 1. Peyton Randolph
- 2. Henry Middleton
- 3. John Hancock
- 4. Henry Laurens
- 5. John Jay
- 6. Samuel Huntington
- 7. Thomas Mckean
- His nephew, Edmund Randolph, became the first United States Attorney General.
- His wife was the sister of Benjamin Harrison V.
- His first cousin once removed was President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson's daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph's husband Thomas Mann Randolph was a descendant of Peyton's uncle Richard Randolph and his wife Jane Rolfe Bolling, a descendant of Pocahontas.
- His first cousin twice removed was Supreme Court Justice John Marshall.
- His niece Lucy Grymes married Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson Jr. Her first cousin once removed, also named Lucy Grymes, married Henry Lee II (who was in fact Peyton Randolph's first cousin once removed), and was the mother of Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, who was the father of Confederate General Robert Edward Lee.
- He is also related to the Confederate Generals Fitzhugh Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee, Nelson Pendelton Lee, and Richard L. Page; and to US Admiral Samuel P. Lee.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Peyton Randolph, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).