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Martha Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Quote about Martha Jefferson Randolph: “Her memory is so fragrant with the perfume of purity and saintly sweetness, that it is a privilege to dwell and muse upon a theme so elevating.”

Born - October 19, 1748 in Charles City County, Virginia

Parents - John Wayles & Martha Eppes Wayles

Married - January 1, 1772 to Thomas Jefferson (first married to Bathurst Skelton in 1766, widowed 1768)

Children - John Skelton (son from first marriage, 1767 – 1771),
Martha “Patsy”(1772 – 1836),
Jane Randolph (1774 – 1775),
unnamed son (1777),
Maria “Polly” (1778 – 1804),
Lucy Elizabeth (1780 – 1781),
Lucy Elizabeth (1782 – 1785)

Died - Sept 6, 1782 in Monticello, Virginia

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Martha died 18 years before Thomas Jefferson took office. Their daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph served as hostess during her father’s administration.


Born – September 27, 1772 in Monticello, Virginia

Married – Thomas Randolph in 1790

Served as hostess from 1802-03 & 1805-06
Mrs. Randolph gave birth to the first child in the White House

Died – October 10, 1836

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  • Martha Jefferson Randolph gave birth to the first child in the White House
  • After Martha Jefferson died, President Jefferson never remarried.

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