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Descendants of Mary Knower and Jonas Randall

          23. MARY KNOWER was born about 1788 in Roxbury, Mass., and died in 1856 in New York City. She married JONAS RANDALL on November 24, 1805, in Roxbury. He was probably a son of ABRAHAM RANDALL and ZIBIAH BLACKMAN. Jonas was born about 1784 in Roxbury and died there January 16, 1833.

Children of MARY KNOWER and JONAS RANDALL are:

35.        i. WILLIAM HANNAFORD RANDALL, born May 8, 1806, in Roxbury. He died July 30, 1861, in St. Paul, Minn.

36.        ii. JOHN RANDALL, born July 28, 1808, Roxbury, died August 6, 1869, New York City.

          iii. MARY MCINTYRE RANDALL, born August 22, 1810, Roxbury. She married CHARLES D. FIELD, September 15, 1830, in Roxbury.

Another Mary McIntire may have inspired Mary McIntire Randall's name. Mary Weld, born Aug. 16, 1762, and likely a sister of Elizabeth Weld, Mary's mother, is the most likely candidate. According to the Vital Records of Roxbury, Mary Weld married Timothy McIntire on July 6, 1786, the Rev. Eliphalet Porter officiating. Mary Weld McIntire died February 21, 1823, age 61, in Roxbury.

           iv. ANN KNOWER RANDALL, born July 1, 1813, Roxbury, Mass. She married ELISHA D. KNOWER in New York City on May 14, 1834. See Mystery Knowers for an update.

        35. WILLIAM HANNAFORD RANDALL was born May 8, 1806 in Roxbury, and died July 30, 1861 in St. Paul, Minn. He married ELIZABETH COLBURN October 19, 1828, with the Rev. William Leverett of the Baptist Association officiating. She was born 1807, and died 1877.

Correspondence shows that WILLIAM HANNAFORD RANDALL at one time lived with his mother, Mary Knower Randall, on Franklin Street in New York City. For notes about William Hannaford Randall's life and career collected by David Randall, click here

Children of WILLIAM HANNAFORD RANDALL and ELIZABETH COLBURN are:

          i. WILLIAM H. RANDALL, born 1829, Roxbury, Mass.; died October 1851, St. Paul, Minn.

Sketch from "A Pig's Eye Notepad: An Historical Encyclopedia of St. Paul, Minnesota 1830-1850"

RANDALL, WILLIAM JR. - William was the eldest son of William Randall Sr. He was born in 1829 at Roxbury, Mass. and came to St. Paul with his father in 1846. He was an artist of no common ability, and was a very skilled caricaturist. Some of the political caricatures he made during the early days of the Territory are spoken of as being brim full of sarcasm. Unfortunately, he died in October of 1851, at age 22, cutting short a promising career.

49.      ii. JOHN HENRY RANDALL, born November 20, 1831, Roxbury, died March 11, 1916, St. Paul, Minn..

50.       iii. MARY E. RANDALL, born 1834; died 1884.

         iv. ELISHA D. K. RANDALL, born 1839, New York City; died September 21, 1897, St. Paul, Minn.; married. SARAH E. ------, who according to the 1880 federal census, was born about 1841 in New Hampshire. The family lived in St. Paul, Minnesota at the time of the 1880 federal census. Their children, all born in New York state, are listed as Elmira C., 18; Mary L., 16; George B., 12; and Edward C., 8.

         36. JOHN RANDALL was born July 28, 1808 in Roxbury, Mass., and died August 6, 1869 in New York City. He married SARAH ANN LIMBERGER in 1833, daughter of JOHN LIMBERGER and RACHEL VAN BUREN. She was born September 16, 1813 in New York City, and died December 26, 1899 in Cooperstown, N.Y. She was baptized October 10, 1813, in the Dutch Reformed Church, Greenwich Village, New York.

John and his brother William Hannaford Randall went into the fur business together. John went on several trips west -- in those days, west meant St. Louis and Cincinnati -- to purchase furs from trappers. We have a poignant exchange of letters between the couple in 1837; they miss each other desperately. She's coping with active toddlers; he's homesick and ready to give up his voyaging. To read the letters, click here

But did he give it up?. According to histories of St. Paul, Minnesota, John moved with his brother to Saint Paul in 1846. Curiously, John's descendants know nothing of this passage in his life. The 1850 federal census apparently finds him safe at home in New York City with his growing family. According to the St. Paul histories, the brothers took over the William Hartshorn Co., which, by 1849 was listed in the Business Directory as John Randall & Co. Perhaps John was just an investor in the company his brother ran. There is no known connection between the families of the brothers after 1850. until the late1990s when fifth cousins, descendants of the two brothers, independently began to compile their family histories.

Ann Holland writes of SARAH ANN LIMBERGER: "She is alleged to have been very beautiful, as proved by her portrait, painted at 27, and photos of her at 83. (To see pictures of her and her children, click here. ) She was amiable, humorous and easygoing. Judging from her books, she was very well read, and from her belongings, a woman of rich tastes." For more information about her Limberger and Van Buren lineage, click here.

Her obituary, clipped from an unidentified Cooperstown newspaper, reads "Mrs. Sarah A. Randall died suddenly in this village on Tuesday last week at the home of her son-in-law Mr. David H. Gregory, in the 86th year of her age. Mrs. Randall's maiden name was Sarah A. Limberger, and she was married to Mr. John Randall in the city of New York in 1833. Most of her life was spent in the city; but in late years she has been much of the time with her daughter here. Mrs. Randall was a very pleasant lady to meet socially, and she retained to the last a wonderful recollection of early event ocurring in New York, and of its prominent residents, especially of the good old Dutch element. She leaves surviving her four daughters -- Mrs. David H. Gregory; Mrs. Fabbri, of Florence, Italy, Mrs. --- (torn)

A note from William L. Marcy, husband of John's cousin Cornelia, whom he may never have met, thanks him for an act of kindness. What it was, we do not know exactly, but evidently Mrs. Marcy fetched up on the Randall doorstep in a time of distress, and was given shelter there.

Children of JOHN RANDALL and SARAH LIMBERGER are:

i. CHARLES KNOWER RANDALL, born September 19, 1834, New York City; died November 10, 1897, New York City; m. HELEN LOUISE WHITLOCK, September 15, 1857, St. Peter's Church, Albany, N.Y. Family album

ii. JOHN RANDALL, born September 2, 1836; died 1838. "Johney" is buried in the vault of St. Luke's Church, Hudson Street, New York City.

iii. EDWARD D. WEST RANDALL, born December 30, 1838, New York City; died 1890, Moorhead, Minn.

51.       iv. SARAH ANN RANDALL, born July 10, 1841, New York City; died 1933, Florence, Italy.

v. AGNES ADELAIDE RANDALL, born November 18, 1843, New York City; died Brattleboro, Vt. after 1923; she married (1) Charles H. Tomes; (2) Addison Hall. We have many photographs of this family, but little information..

52.        vi. EMILY WELD RANDALL, born February 20, 1847, New York City; died 1936, Virginia Beach, Va.

              vii. CORNELIA MARCY RANDALL, born November 11, 1849, New York City; died January 29, 1909, Virginia Beach, Va.

         49. JOHN HENRY RANDALL was born November 20, 1831 in Roxbury and died March 11, 1916 in St. Paul, Minn.. He married SARAH ARVILLA OAKES in 1866. She was born 1843 in St. Clair, Mich., and died 1902 in St. Paul, Minn.

David Randall writes: Her family came from Springfield, Vermont. She is supposed to be a great-granddaughter of Ethan Allen, but the links are a little hazy. She was large -- six feet tall, strong-minded, fundamentalist, and wanted her sons to become missionaries. To read more about him, click here:

Children of JOHN RANDALL and SARAH OAKES are:

65.         i. JOHN HERMAN RANDALL, born April 27, 1871, St. Paul, Minn.; died May 15, 1946, New York City.

66.        ii. GRACE RANDALL, born 1867, St. Paul, Minn..

67.         iii. HENRY HULBERT RANDALL, born 1874; died about 1933.

iv. RUTH RANDALL, born 1880; died 1880.

v. MARY RANDALL.

         50. MARY E. RANDALL was born 1834, and died 1884. She married HERMANN BERGMANN in 1853. He was born 1824, and died in 1870.

Child of MARY RANDALL and HERMANN BERGMANN is:

68.         i. AGNES ELIZABETH BERGMANN, born 1854.

         51. SARAH ANN RANDALL was born July 10, 1841 in New York City, and died 1933 in Florence, Italy. She married ERNESTO G. FABBRI, who was born March 17, 1830. in Florence. He died in July 3, 1884, while vacationing with his family at Lake Mahopac, N.Y. Ernesto's brother, Egisto Paolo Fabbri, a millionaire with no children of his own, adopted the family and in 1886 took the children and their mother to Italy, where they becames Italians. The rest of us, sadly, are not Italians, and thereby hangs a tale.

Children of SARAH RANDALL and ERNESTO FABBRI are:

            i. EGISTO PAOLO FABBRI (JR)., born 1866; died 1933.

Educated at St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., he was 18 when the family moved to Italy. He was interested in modern art and was a painter himself. He owned 16 painting by Cezanne, but sold them to buy the Palazzo Capponi in Florence, which is still standing in the Giardino Gherardesca. Between 1896 and 1913 he lived and painted in Paris, and is rumored to have fathered a child with his favorite model. Shortly after that, he joined the rest of his family in Florence, making his home at Bagazzano, a 14th-century Medici hunting lodge, near Settignano. He made an extended visit to the United States during the years of the First World War, and during this time dabbled in architecture in New York City and Bar Harbor, Maine. In the mid 1920s, he experienced a conversion to the Roman Catholic faith. He designed, built and endowed a church, choir school and the Institute San Gregorio, an industrial arts school, all in the impoverished mountain village of Serrevalle, in Italy's Casentino region. Some years later, the Mantellate Sisters of Pistoia moved the operations of the school closer to Florence. To view an album of these people and places, click here.

69.          ii. ERNESTINE FABBRI, married COUNT UBERTO LUDOLF; she died after 1943.

              iii. MARIE FABBRI, m. COUNT GIUSEPPE LUDOLF, brother of the above.

Her homes were the Poggio Marina at Marina di Massa, and in Florence, 5 Via Cherubini. She had no children at the time of an extended visit by Cornelia Randall Holland in 1937.

              iv. CORNELIA 'CORA' FABBRI, died 1892. She was a poet; a volume of her poetry titled 'Lyrics' was published after her death.

70.        v. ALICE FABBRI, died 1939; married COUNT OTTAVIO DE PECCOLELLIS

 71.         vi. NATHALIE FABBRI, died 1931; married MARCHESE PIERO ANTINORI.

Egisto Fabbri remodeled the Villa Antinori outside Florence for his sister and brother-in-law, whose descendants remain prominent wine producers and exporters in Florence. Their son Niccolo was married and had a son at the time of Cornelia Holland's visit in 1937. She mentions also in her letters that Nathalie also had a daughter, Lotti. The Antinori family has been in the wine business since at least 1385, when Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered the Florence vintner's guild as an apprentice. To view their marriage announcement, click here

72.        vii. ERNESTO G. FABBRI (JR), born 1874; died April 22, 1943.

             viii. ALESSANDRO FABBRI, died 1922.

Educated at Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn. He maintained homes in Bar Harbor, Maine and at 7 East 95th St. in New York City. A scientific dilettante and inventor, he undertook archeological digs in Arabia and backed Giulielmo Marconi in his wireless experiments. According to his obituary in the New York Times, during the First World War he built and managed the U.S. Government's Eastern Seaboard wireless operations headquarters at Bar Harbor. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWI, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He died at 44 of pneumonia, but never married. To view an album, click here.

              52. EMILY WELD RANDALL was born February 20, 1847 in New York City, and died 1936 in Virginia Beach, Va. She married DAVID HENDERSON GREGORY June 11, 1872 in New York City, a son of DUDLEY SANFORD GREGORY and ANNA MARIA LYON. He was born October 27, 1844 in Jersey City, N.J., and died June 17, 1932 in Virginia Beach, Va.
To view a family album, click here.
For more about Dudley Sanford Gregory and Anna Maria Lyon, click here;
To view the Sanford descent of Dudley Sanford Gregory, click here.
To read an extensive obituary for Anna Maria Lyon Gregory, click here.
And just for fun, Sara Ann Randall wrote her daughter a letter detailing proper deportment for a 13-year-old while visiting her Whitlock in-laws.

Child of EMILY RANDALL and DAVID HENDERSON GREGORY is:

73.           i. EMILY RANDALL GREGORY, born May 23, 1873, Jersey City, N.J.; died 1949, Virginia Beach, Va..

            65. JOHN HERMAN RANDALL (SR). was born April 27, 1871 in St. Paul, Minn., and died May 15, 1946 in New York City. He married MINERVA BALLARD in 1896 in Chenoa, Ill. She was born in Chenoa and died June 13, 1948 in New York City.

Children of JOHN HERMAN RANDALL and MINERVA BALLARD are:

79.         i. JOHN HERMAN RANDALL Jr., born February 14, 1899, Grand Rapids, Mich.; died December 1, 1980, New York City.

80.        ii. ROBERT HULBERT RANDALL, born July 1, 1901, Grand Rapids, Mich.

          66. GRACE RANDALL was born 1867 in St. Paul, Minn. She married GEORGE P. LYMAN.

Children of GRACE RANDALL and GEORGE LYMAN are:

i. GORDON LYMAN, born 1897.

ii. NORMA RANDALL LYMAN, born 1901.

          67. HENRY HULBERT RANDALL was born 1874, lived in St. Paul, worked for a railroad. and died about 1933.

Child of HENRY HULBERT RANDALL is:

              i. NORMA RANDALL, married ----- KNOCHE.

          68. AGNES ELIZABETH BERGMANN was born 1854. She married CHARLES GORDON DOBBS in 1874. He was born in 1841.

Child of AGNES BERGMANN and CHARLES DOBBS is:

              i. MARY DOBBS, m. RAYMOND LYNDE WADHAMS.

          69. ERNESTINE FABBRI died after 1943. She married COUNT UBERTO LUDOLF. She is the second most-photographed ugly woman in the history of the world, beaten out only by Cornelia Marcy Randall, whom she strongly resembled. For her, Egisto Fabbri designed the Casa Bianca at Massa Carrera.

Child of ERNESTINE FABBRI and UBERTO LUDOLF is:

81.      i. TECLA LUDOLF.

        70. ALICE FABBRI married COUNT OTTAVIO DE PECCOLELLIS. Sara Ann Randall kept an album of photos of the de Piccolellis family. Alice died in 1939.

Children of ALICE FABBRI and OTTAVIO DE PECCOLELLIS are:

82.         i. ELISABETTA DE PECCOLELLIS, married Lucien Henraux.

          ii. JEANNE DE PICOLELLIS, married Count Benno Bourbieci.

83.      iii. NICOLETTA DE PICCOLELLIS, married Count Walfredo della Gherardesta

        71. NATHALIE FABBRI, died 1931; married the Marchese PIERO ANTINORI on April 5, 1894, in Florence.

Known children of NATHALIE FABBRI and PIERO ANTINORI (order uncertain) are:

84.        i. CORA, married MICHELANGELO CAETANI, May 1920.

            ii. NICCOLO

            iii. LOTTI

       72. ERNESTO G. FABBRI was born in 1874, and died April 22, 1943. He married (1) EDITH SHEPARD on October 27, 1895 in Scarborough, N.Y. He married (2) MARY VALENTINE DARRAH about 1927 in Overbrook, Pa.. She died in 1934 in Florida.

He was educated at the Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn., before his uncle took the family back to Italy. As required by Italian law, he performed his compulsory military service in Italy before his marriage. At the outbreak of the Great War, Ernesto sucessfully evaded service in the Italian Army but was later pardoned by the king. Nevertheless, we have two photos of him in a fine U.S. Army uniform. After the War, he shuttled between his home at 23 Piazzo d'Azeglio, Florence, and Bar Harbor, Maine. After 1937 his residence was La Calana, at Rancho Sante Fe, California. He was a traveler, a linguist, and was president of the Society of Italian Immigrants in New York. His first wife, Edith Shepard, was a granddaughter of William H. Vanderbilt. Ernesto's brother Egisto Fabbri designed palatial residences for her in New York City and Bar Harbor. Edith divorced Ernest in 1923; he married Mary Valentine Darrah soon after. In letters to Emily Holland in the 1940s he refers to a third wife named Anne, but she is otherwise unknown and is not not mentioned in his obituaries. Edith died December 19, 1954.

Child of ERNESTO FABBRI and EDITH SHEPARD is:

85.          i. TERESA FABBRI.

          73. EMILY RANDALL GREGORY was born May 23, 1873 in Jersey City, N.J., and died 1949 in Virginia Beach, Va.. She married BERNARD PEABODY HOLLAND Sr. in 1895 in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was a son of JOHN LYTLETON TAZEWELL HOLLAND Sr. and EMMA WALTON. He was born March 13, 1867 at Osceola, the family home in Fluvanna County, Va. He died January 1960 in Virginia Beach, Va., having served many years as the resort city's first mayor.
To read "The Odd Couple," Ann Holland's tribute to this remarkable couple, click here;
To view a gallery of Holland family portraits, click here

The couple and all their descendants gathered for a family portrait on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1945

Children of EMILY GREGORY and BERNARD HOLLAND are:

86.      i. WALTON GREGORY HOLLAND, born August 30, 1896, Virginia Beach, Va.; died there December 1970.

           ii. CORNELIA RANDALL HOLLAND, born 1898, Virginia Beach, Va.; died there February 12, 1988.

Ann Francis Holland writes: "Cornelia Randall Holland never married. She taught school and helped her mother in The Variety Shop, eventually taking over. She was a wonderful aunt to two generations of children."

87.      iii. DAVID GREGORY HOLLAND, born February 25, 1901, Virginia Beach, Va.; died there November 1960.

88.      iv. BERNARD PEABODY HOLLAND Jr. born August 12, 1902, Virginia Beach, Va.; died July 1970, Richmond, Va. To see a charming baby photo, click here

89.        v. JOHN LYTLETON TAZEWELL HOLLAND Jr. , born 1909; died Waycross, Ga. about 1977.

       79. JOHN HERMAN RANDALL was born February 14, 1899, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and died December 1, 1980, in New York City. He married MERCEDES IRENE MORITZ December 23, 1922, in New York. She was born September 11, 1895. in Guatemala, and died March 9, 1977, in New York. He took three degrees at Columbia University -- BA, MA, and PhD -- in Philosophy; taught philosophy at Columbia, 1918-1968. Many publications, including "The Making of the Modern Mind" and "The Career of Philosophy." His wife was a graduate of Barnard College and earned her MA in history at Columbia University. She taught high school English, and later was an officer of Women's International League of Peace and Freedom. A son and a daughter, and grandchildren, are living.

       80. ROBERT HULBERT RANDALL was born July 1, 1901, in Grand Rapids, Mich.. He married MILDRED PITNER in 1929. She was born in Washington, Ga. Educated at Columbia University, he was a professor of physics at City College of New York. A son and a daughter are living; grandchildren.

       81. TECLA LUDOLF married FILIPPO CAFARELLI, Italy's ambassador to Venezuela. For an album of photos of Tecla and her children, click here.

Known children of TECLA LUDOLF and FILIPPO CAFARELLI are:

i. AGNESSINA CAFARELLI.

ii. UBERTO CAFARELLI, born July 1926

iii. GIANPIETRO, born 1928

iv. DRUCILLA CAFARELLI, born April 17, 1935, Palazzo Capponi, Florence.

          82. ELISABETTA DE PICCOLELLIS married LUCIEN HENRAUX.

Children of ELISABETTA DE PICCOLELLIS and LUCIEN HENRAUX are:

i. (Boy ) HENRAUX, born 1920.

ii. NICOLE HENRAUX, born 1921

83. NICOLETTA HENRAUX married Count WALFREDO DELLA GHERARDESTA.

Twin children of NICOLETTA HENRAUX and WALFREDO GHERARDESTA are:

i. MANFRED GHERARDESTA.

ii. SERENA GHERARDESTA.

84. Child of NATHALIE FABBRI and PIERO ANTINORI is:

93.                    i. CORA FABBRI, who married MICHELANGELO CAETANI. She sent her wedding picture to her cousins in  America.

           85. TERESA FABBRI married (1) GEORGE MCMURTRY, a holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died in 1958. She married (2) JAMES CAMERON CLARK, on December 16, 1917.

Child of TERESA FABBRI and GEORGE MCMURTRY is:

 i. LOUISE MCMURTRY. Two children and five grandchildren were living in 1954.

           86. WALTON GREGORY HOLLAND was born August 30, 1896 in Virginia Beach, Va., and died there December 1970. He married LYNDELLE POSTON. She was born August 16, 1897, and died in March 1986. WALTON GREGORY HOLLAND lived all his life at Virginia Beach. He served in the Navy during World War I. He attended the University of Virginia where he earned a law degree, but worked as a carpenter during the Depression; eventually Walton had his own construction company. Later he became the building inspector for Virginia Beach. His wife, Lyndelle, invented the famous Virginia Beach Life Guard swimsuit. (Ann Holland)

Children of WALTON HOLLAND and LYNDELLE POSTON are:

94.          i. EMILY SMITH HOLLAND, born December 27, 1927; died July 15, 1987.

                ii. A daughter living; three grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

            87. DAVID GREGORY HOLLAND was born February 25, 1901, in Virginia Beach, Va., and died November 1960 in Virginia Beach, Va.. He married WRENNIE JOLLET, daughter of Charles Jollet and Nannie Fogg. Wrennie, a talented seamstress and needlewoman, was born June 22, 1900, in Portsmouth, Va., and died August 1977 in Virginia Beach. David studied engineering at the University of Virginia and worked for the park service until illness and the loss of his house on Lake Holly (it burned down) forced him and his family to move back with his parents. (Ann Holland)

Child of DAVID HOLLAND and WRENNIE JOLLET is:

 i. DORA CORNELIA HOLLAND. Four children living; grandchildren

           88. BERNARD PEABODY HOLLAND JR. was born August 12, 1902 in Virginia Beach and died in July 1970 in Richmond, Va. He married CLAUDIA MILDRED EMMERSON on April 28, 1928, daughter of JOHN CLOYD EMMERSON and CLAUDIA MILDRED VAUGHAN. She was born December 8, 1903 at home, 419 High St., Portsmouth, Va., and died in Richmond, Va. BERNARD PEABODY HOLLAND Jr. earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and worked for the Seaboard Railroad, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in Washington and then for the Smaller War Plants bureau. After the war he moved to Richmond and worked for Reynolds Metals. He was a master bridge player Claudia-Mildred Emmerson was educated Portsmouth Public Schools and Stuart Hall, Staunton, Va.; She was the author of "The Primrose Path," 1947; "Center Aisle," 1949; both published by Rhinehart & Co., New York. The couple lived in Washington D.C., later in Richmond. A son and a daughter are living; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

          89. JOHN LYTLETON TAZEWELL HOLLAND was born 1909, and died in Waycross, Ga., after 1977. He married MAE MURRAY February 14, 1941, in Savannah, Ga. She was born December 8, 1903. Ann Holland remembers that "Alphabet" Holland was a mechanic, loved Limburger cheese and was a sweet man. The couple adopted an infant, John Jr., who died at age 9 of cancer.

         94. EMILY SMITH HOLLAND was born December 27, 1927, and died July 15, 1987. Her husband, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren are living.

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