|Title||Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph|
|Collection||First Lady Dolls|
Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836)
Daughter of Thomas Jefferson - Administration Hostess from 1801-1809
Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph was born on September 27, 1772, Albemarle County, Virginia. She was the eldest daughter of Martha and Thomas Jefferson. She has often been incorrectly identified as the White House hostess during the eight year Jefferson Presidency.
Martha made only two lengthy stays with her father in Washington, during which time she served as his White House hostess - during the winter of 1802 and the winter of 1806. During her second visit, she gave birth to her eighth child, James Madison Randolph; thus he became the first child born in the White House.
During her father's long stays away from Washington, she received his guests, both public and private, as his official hostess. Among those they frequently entertained were Secretary of State James Madison and his wife Dolley, whom Martha Randolph had befriended during her initial sojourn in Washington.
She died on October 10, 1836 during a visit to Virginia, and is buried with her parents at Monticello.
NOTE: Martha Wayles (Skelton) Jefferson (1748-1782)
Wife of Thomas Jefferson. Martha Wayles (Skelton) Jefferson died 18 years before her husband became president.
Martha Wayles was born on October 19, 1748 on "The Forest" plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. Although no facial images of Martha Jefferson survived, there is one silhouette of her remaining. She is described as being medium to tall in height with auburn hair and hazel eyes.
Her health began to rapidly decline as a result of giving birth to seven children in less than fourteen years. Her final pregnancy proved to be fatal; she died four months after giving birth. Her death occurred on September 6, 1782 in Monticello, Virginia at age 33. Martha was the first of five women to die before their husbands were elected as president.
|Event||Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project|
|Creator||Park, Phyllis Juhlin|
|Costume||Costume by Donna Wolfe Godina|
|Given||Given by Helen H. Schaefermeyer in honor of Ora M. Hemstreet|
|Source||Uintah County Library|