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Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph

Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph (1798–1871) was the daughter of Wilson Cary Nicholas and Margaret Smith Nicholas. On 6 March 1815 she married Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s eldest grandson, at Warren, her family’s estate. The couple lived for a brief time at Monticello before relocating to Thomas Jefferson's Tufton farm, and finally took possession of Randolph’s father’s Edgehill estate in 1825. They had 13 children, 12 of whom lived to adulthood. To ease the family’s financial difficulties, Jane founded the Edgehill School. With the help of her mother- and sisters-in law, and later three of her daughters, it became one of the region’s most prestigious schools for girls, operating from 1829 until 1897, closing only during the Civil War years. Jane died on 18 January 1871 and was buried in the family cemetery at Monticello. [1]


  1. Shackelford, Descendants, 1:76-88, 152, 257, 2:17-20, 34, 64-9.

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