Arlington National Cemetery Site Index
Arlington National Cemetery Gallery


The sign accompanying the grave of Mary Randolph. It reads

Mary Randolph, wife of David Meade Randolph, and first person known to be buried at Arlington, was the eldest child of Thomas Mann and Ann Cary Randolph, of Tuckahoe. Her maternal grandfather was Archibald Cary, of Ampthill; her paternal grandfather was William Randolph, of Tuckahoe. She was a direct descendant of Pocahontas; a cousin of Thomas Jefferson; of Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington Parke Custis, the builder of Arlington House; and of Robert E. Lee. Her brother, Thomas Mann Randolph, governor of Virginia 1819-1821, married Martha Jefferson, daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Her eldest son was William Beverley Randolph, through whom alone her line was descended. Her youngest son, Burwell Starke Randolph, when a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, fell from a mast and was crippled. Her devoted care of that injured son is said to have hastened her death, and would seem to explain her epitaph.

Arlington National Cemetery at Arlington National Cemetery
Time picture taken Fri Jun 24 09:53:48 2011
Location picture taken Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
Prev Arlington National Cemetery Gallery Next