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Jefferson, Thomas, Mother of

  • By: Deborah L. Bauer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Jane Randolph Jefferson was the mother of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Jane Randolph was born on February 20, 1720, to Isham Randolph and Jane Lilburne Susan Rogers Randolph in London, England. Isham Randolph, a ship captain of Anglo-Scotch ancestry, had been born in the British colony of Virginia before returning to Great Britain to make his fortune. Jane's mother gave birth to her eldest daughter approximately three years after the Randolphs married, producing the first of eight children. She had two brothers and five sisters. The Randolphs raised their family as members of the Anglican Church. During the early years of Jane's childhood, Isham Randolph decided to move the family to his native Virginia, where they remained for the duration of ...

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