West Virginia Pioneers

William Riley RANDOLPH

Male Abt 1817 - 1863  (~ 46 years)


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  • Name William Riley RANDOLPH 
    Born Abt 1817  Mason, Mason County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 May 1863  Winchester, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 

    • Riley was born on Elk Fork of Elk Creek

      JCMR:
      William Riley Randolph to Martha Ann Roads, 5/27/1838 Bk 1-A, page19
      Married by George Casto.

      "History of Roane County" by William H Bishop, page 681, in the sketch on the Thomas family:

      At the time of her marriage to Enoch Thomas, Anna [Carney] was a widow, having been twice married previously. First, to Cornelius Straley [his name was Staats. . .bb], of which marriage she had two children, and second, to .......... Randolph, by whom she had one child. The son, Riley Randolph, there grew up, married and founded a family in Jackson County.

      Civil War
      He enlisted Jan 9, 1862, at Spencer, Roane Co, VA, mustered in & appointed Corporal March 1, 1862 at Spencer, and served in Co G, 9th WVa Infantry Vols.
      He was taken sick with typhoid fever April 4, 1863, taken to the Post Hosptial, Winchester, Va, where he died May 8, 1863.

      In the Claim for Widow's Pension, Martha states:
      Marriage May 27, 1838
      Names and dates of birth of children:
      James Addison, October 17, 1849
      William Riley, March 8, 1852
      George Alexander, June 5, 1854
      Virginia Elizabeth, June 15, 1856

      Claim admitted March 13, 1865, to a pension of $8 per month commencing May 8, 1863.

      Affidavits by:
      Elizabeth Allen who served as assistant to the midwife who delivered George and Virginia, so knew the dates, she had known the family 13 years.
      Telitha Rhodes, who stated she had known the family 26 years, and had a child born 8 days before William Riley, Jr. Affidavit by Martha stated that the midwife who delivered him had died and the other women who attended her had moved.


      U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
      Name: Wm. R. Randolph
      Side: Union
      Regiment State/Origin: West Virginia
      Regiment Name: 9 West Virginia Infantry.
      Regiment Name Expanded: 9th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry
      Company: G
      Rank In: Corporal
      Rank In Expanded: Corporal
      Rank Out: 2 Corps.
      Rank Out Expanded: Second Corporal
      Film Number: M507 roll 10
    Person ID I49  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 7 May 2017 

    Father John ? Randolph,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Anna CARNEY,   b. 8 Mar 1794, Lewis County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1879, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married Abt 1816 
    Notes 

    • I have found no where any proof that Ann's husband was a William Riley Randolph. The only source for this that I find is a refernece to Bishop's "History of Roane County", and Vicker's "Casto Cousins", the latter written late enough to have used the Bishop reference. Bishop says only " to .......... Randolph, by whom she had one child".

      The only Randolph listed in any records found so far is John, in the 1814 Mason County Personal Property Tax list. There is a Jonathan Randolph [or possibly Fitz Randolph] found in the Harrison Co PPRL, a few years earlier. Kanawha County PPTL shows tax paid on a number of slaves by the Beverly Randolph Company. This company rented slaves to the Kanawha Salines, which they said was cheaper than buying them. Could it be that (John) was a supervisor for this family company?

      Considering the fact that Riley and Martha named their second son Christopher after her father, it is a strong possibility that the first son, John, was named for Riley's father.

      Some people suggest that William Riley Randolph was born out of wedlock, and it is possible that she conceived him and Mr Randolph moved on but it is far more likely that Anna married Randolph soon after the death of Cornelius. There is no marriage record found for Anna and Enoch Thomas but she bore his children as well as his name.
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

    Family Martha Ann RHODES,   b. Apr 1817, Rockbridge Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1902, Fayette County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 27 May 1838  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 

    • JCMR
      Wm Riley Randolph
      Martha Ann Roads
      5/27/1838

      1840 Jackson Co census
      Randolph, Wm Rial (?)
      1 M under 5
      1 M 20-30
      1 F 20-30

      1850 Jackson, VA # 305-309 - 3 oldest attended school
      Randolph William R 32 M Farmer Va
      Randolph Martha A 33 F Va
      Randolph John W 11 M Va
      Randolph Christopher S 8 M Va
      Randolph Hiram T 7 M Va
      Randolph Margaret 5 F Va
      Randolph Melvina 2 F Va
      Randolph James A 5/12 M Va

      1860 Roane Co census 14 July
      Wm R Randolph, 42, M, Farmer, value of real estate, $500
      Martha, 43, F
      John W, 20, M, farm laborer
      Christopher S, 19, M, farm Laborer
      Hiram T, 17, M, farm laborer
      Margaret, 10 (?), f
      John A. N. 10, M
      Wm W, 8, M
      George A, 6, m
      Virginia, 4, f
      Matthew S, 2/12, m
      Christopher Rhodes, 67, m, value of real estate $250/150
      Phillip C Rhodes, 20, m

      1870 Roane Co, Harper Dist, PO Flat Fork
      4 - M.A. Randolph, 53 Keeps house VA Apr 1200RE/300PE
      William R, 18 WV Mar Can't write
      George A, 15 " June

      1880 census, Washington Twp, Jackson Co, WV
      Living with Wm and Virginia Martin
      Martha A Randolph, 63, mother-in-law, widow, WV, WV, WV
      1880 annotated census states she was born in Rockbridge county

      1890 Special Census, Fayette Co, page 1, ED #36, Sewell Dist, house #73, Fam #76
      Martha A Randolph, widow of William R Randolph, Corp, 9th WVA Inf, enlisted 1861, Disch 1864, PO Russellville, Fayette co, WVA

      1900 census, Fayette Co, Sewell Mt Dist
      #23, sheet 18, line 49
      386-347
      Martin, Wm R, May 1838 62 m 30 WV
      Virginia (W) June 1858 42 m 30 WV WV WV
      Lana (D) Aug 1883 14 WV
      Randolph, Martha A (M-in-l) Ap1817, 82 W 10-8 VA VA VA
      Farmer, owns farm, all read, write and speak English except Virginia can't write.
    Children 
    +1. John Wesley Randolph,   b. 9 Aug 1839, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1921  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Christopher Smith Randolph,   b. 18 Jan 1841, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1927  (Age 86 years)
    +3. Hiram Thomas Randolph,   b. 27 Jan 1843, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1926, Roane County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +4. Margaret Randolph,   b. 6 Aug 1846, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1913  (Age 66 years)
     5. Melvinna J Randolph,   b. 8 Dec 1848, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1855  (Age 6 years)
    +6. James Addison Randolph,   b. 17 Oct 1849, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. William Riley RANDOLPH, Jr,   b. 8 Mar 1852, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1934, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +8. George Alexander Randolph,   b. 5 Jun 1854, Kenna, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1930, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +9. Virginia Elizabeth Randolph,   b. 15 Jun 1856,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Matthew S Randolph,   b. 28 Mar 1860, Roane County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1861  (Age 1 years)
    Family ID F131  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S518] Census.

    2. [S31] Military Records.

    3. [S17] Marriage Records, Jackson Co, WV.