RANDOLPH, JEREMIAH (1803–1873). Jeremiah Randolph, craftsman, businessman, and state representative, was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, on November 23, 1803. He was the son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Hill) Randolph. Upon reaching adulthood Randolph relocated to Alabama and lived first in Madison County and later in Jefferson County. In Jefferson County Randolph married Nancy Matilda Hanby on November 12, 1828. This couple had six sons and three daughters. He was listed as a farmer in Jefferson County, Alabama, in the 1850 census. In 1852 the Randolph family immigrated to Texas and settled near Huntsville in Walker County. Here, Randolph built furniture and toys, as well as owned a sawmill and an interest in a mercantile store in Huntsville. He was an active Methodist and worshipped at Martha’s Chapel, an early multi-denominational church in Walker County. Active in local politics, Randolph won election as representative for Walker County to the Ninth Texas Legislature in 1861 and served in the House from February 2, 1863, to November 2, 1863. Following the 1869 death of his first wife, Randolph married Mrs. Carrie Harris on December 1, 1870, in Robertson County. On December 17, 1873, he was mortally wounded by a horse and was buried at Martha’s Chapel Cemetery in Walker County.
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