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Re: Randolphs of Goochland County Va

Hello Audrey,

In searching Goochland county I find the LaForces, a French Huguenot immigrant family, as neighbors to a Randolph family. The Laforce's arrived in America ca 1700 and by 1728 when Goochland was formed from Henrico county Rene LaForce was named as a Goochland county Justice of the Peace. The Laforce's named one of their sons Randolph LaForce, so I'm theorizing there was a familiarity between the two families.

Since the LaForce's arrived from France, with no slaves, this is an assumption on my part, I'm wondering....how did the Laforces acquire my slave ancestors? My thoughts are they could have possibly bought their initial inventory of slaves from the Randolph's, a family grouping, with large numbers of slaves.

Have you encountered any Wills, Bills of Sale, Inventory's or other type records on any Randolphs from Goochland county during the early 1700's?

Your William Maurice Randolph born in Virgina, ca 1866. Was he born in Goochland county? I noticed on the Historical Census Browser there were FPOC's in Goochland county as early as 1820. Were William's parents/grnadparents FPOC's in Goochland county?

I also research the descendants of the former slaves of John Randolph. He, John Randoph, freed 380+ slaves in his will of 1833. It took 13 years, until 1846, to settle the Will and finally manumit those 380+ slaves, as the family (Randolph's) wanted it to be "null & void" on the grounds of insanity. What sane person would free that many slaves was the family sentiment. Oh well, this is another Randolph story and it happened in Charlotte county.

Thanks in advance for any information you may have on the slave holding Randolph's of Goochland county.

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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