Christopher Randall
(Abt 1666-1684)


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1. Johanna Norman

Christopher Randall 1 2 3

  • Christened: Abt 1666, Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Johanna Norman on 31 Jan 1678 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
  • Buried: 25 Feb 1684, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)

  Research Notes: AFN: WRPH-84 has christened abt 1666 in Baltimore Co. The place does not make sense (see below).

From Side-Lights on Maryland History, vol. 2, pp. 418-419:

"Christopher Randall, the first of his line in the Province of Maryland, was destined to become the progenitor of a poet and patriot--Colonel James Ryder Randall--whose 'Maryland, My Maryland' has given him international fame, and whose stirring words set the hearts of every true Marylander a thrill.

"Christopher settled in Anne Arundel County, where, in the years 1679 and 1680 he is recorded as having several tracts of land surveyed and entered in Lord Baltimore's Rent Rolls. These were Randall's Fancy, Randall's Purchase, and Randall's Range, which, with other tracts, aggregated many hundred acres. Dying intestate, in the year 1684, his estate was administered on by Mathew Howard. In the returns and distribution, his wife was shown to be named Johanna, and his sons, Christopher Randall, Jr., and Thomas Randall. A daughter also received her portion. Later, all the children of Christopher Randall were located in Baltimore County, in which Randallstown still perpetuates their name and possessions (Inventories and Accounts, volume 8, folio 372, Land Office, Annapolis Records).

"On August 5, 1686, 'Account was rendered by Johanna Randall, Administratrix of Christopher Randall, deceased, as well as of the goods and chattels of said deceased' (Ibid., folio 142).

"The Rent Rolls of Lord Baltimore for Anne Arundel County, folios 82 and 83, give the record of the following lands belonging to Christopher Randall, the first in Maryland.

"Randall's Purchase, 103 acres, surveyed April 23, 1680, for Chrisopher Randall, on 'Ye north side of Severn River.'

"Randall's Range, 100 acres, surveyed July 17, 1680, on Magothy River, and Randall's Fancy, surveyed July 8, 1679, on ye north side of Severn River."

  Noted events in his life were:

Inventory: of his estate, 20 Mar 1685. Captain Richard Owings owed the estate a considerable amount of money.

Christopher married Johanna Norman on 31 Jan 1678 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States. (Johanna Norman was born about 1668 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States).)


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2 Richardson, Hester Dorsey, Side-Lights on Maryland History with Sketches of Early Maryland Families. (Vol. 2. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1913.), pp. 418-419.


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