The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 31

WILLIAMSBURG, August 31, 1776.
Marriages: Edmund Randolph, Esq; Attorney General of Virginia, to Miss Nicholas, a young Lady whose amiable sweetness of disposition, joined with the finest intellectual accomplishments, cannot fail rendering the worthy man of her choice completely happy.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) August 31, 1776

About this entry:

Elizabeth Nicholas was daughter of Robert Carter Nicholas and Anne Cary Nicholas, while Edmund was the nephew of Peyton Randolph. The young couple was related to all the best Virginia families, both patriot and loyalist. His parents had left for England the year before. Her aunt, Sally Cary Fairfax, married to George Fairfax, had left Virginia for England as well. According to a letter written by Edmund Randolph, he and Elizabeth were born within hours of each other and learned to read together. However, it was thought unlikely that the two would marry because of the political and religious differences between the Randolph and Nicholas families. Their marriage was to last more than 30 years. Elizabeth died in 1810, Edmund in 1813.

Sources: WAR: Nicholas & Randolph files

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